‘Transformers’ Animated Prequel in Development With ‘Toy Story 4’ Director

An untitled animated prequel to the “Transformers” franchise is in the works at Paramount Pictures and Hasbro’s eOne with “Toy Story 4” director Josh Cooley.Screenwriting partners Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari have written the script for the untitled project, while Paramount Animation and eOne will develop and produce the film.

The film is in early stages of development.

After winning an Oscar for “Toy Story 4,” Cooley is attached to direct, and producers are expected to be Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian.The new film will be the seventh “Transformers” movie.

Michael Bay directed the first five blockbuster movies, which generated $4 billion at the worldwide box office for Paramount.

Bay’s run concluded with the release of 2017’s “Transformers: The Last Knight.” The studio then revamped the franchise with 2018’s prequel film “Bumblebee,” directed by Travis Knight with Hailee Steinfeld starring.

The series is based on the

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