Bumblebee Movie Still Cruising – Sequel Possible?
Still sitting at a 92% rating on RottenTomatoes, Travis Knight’s 2008 offering starring Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, and a certain adorable yellow Autobot (and, sure, Jorge Lendeborg Jr.) has held its own amid stiff competition from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Aquaman during the holiday season.
The question on everyone’s mind, after the film has continued to perform well in the US and out: Is a sequel in the works?
Deadline.com notes that the little Autobot that could passed the $400 million mark days ago ($113.9 million US, $237.4 million internationally), with a strong showing in China that seemed to have won back Chinese audiences that did not quite embrace 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight. Deadline adds that the UK, Korea, Mexico, and Indonesia were next on the list after China in terms of markets where the movie did well. There may be more success in the near future as well, as the movie opens in Japan in March. Not bad for a movie made on a more modest budget — and a larger dose of pressure to perform well — than its predecessors.
With everything coming up Bumblebee as of late, it seems only natural that rumors of a sequel would start flying as soon as the movie was reported to be “solidly profitable”. The interest in a sequel is more than a desire to test what momentum the Transformers movie franchise’s might still have: the soft-reboot feel of the film seemed to have left many new storytelling possibilities open by the time the credits rolled.
Indeed, Deadline.com specifically mentions “[t]here’s a sequel in development”, speculating on the possibility of a “Bumblebee/Optimus Prime buddy movie” — and also alluding to a future animated movie that has come up before. This single source has since been cited by CinemaBlend, Slashfilm, Screenrant, and other outlets. (In an interesting game of telephone, JoBlo.com‘s headline interprets Deadline’s ‘buddy-movie’ speculation to be confirmation that Optimus Prime would co-star in the hypothetical sequel.) This certainly meshes well with earlier statements from director Travis Knight and Christina Hodson about having ideas for a hypothetical sequel (and the stars of the movie also being open to one).
However, confirmation from any official sources has yet to drop, leaving all waiting to find out if Charlie and Bee’s goodbye was really goodbye.
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