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Hasbro’s eOne and Paramount announce director for Transformers prequel

Published on: 4th May 2020

Josh Cooley, director of Toy Story 4, is currently overseeing the final draft of the new prequel with writers.

Hasbro’s entertainment studio eOne and Paramount have hired Josh Cooley – winner of a Best Animated Film Oscar for Toy Story 4 – to direct a big-scale Transformers theatrical prequel that sources have revealed focuses on an origin story. It takes place on Cybertron, the planet from which the good-guy and bad-guy robots came. The film revolves around the relationship between Optimus Prime and Megatron.

The script was written by Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari, who did production work on Ant-Man and were the credited writers on Ant-Man and the Wasp. Hasbro/eOne is leading production of this film.

The film is separate and apart from the live-action Transformers film series and the Bumblebee spin-off, and those movies continue on a fast track. As studios consider restarting production, many feel that making a big-scale animated feature is easier than a live-action tentpole as much of the work can be done while respecting social distancing. A final draft is understood to be being worked on by Josh and  the writers.

Producers are expected to be Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian and Hasbro/eOne.

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