It's an unexpected choice, given that he has no track record in live-action films. That said, the sheer technical audacity of "Kubo and the Two Strings" suggests that he isn't going to be phased by dealing with a technically challenging shoot. I'll be interested to see how it comes out.
Well thanks to the yearly free films weekend in St Andrews Square in Edinburgh I have now seen Kubo (the event only runs 2D films). It was pretty good. I hope Mr Knight brings some of that quality of storytelling to his Transformers movie.
News that John Cena will be in the Bumblebee movie. But the really great exciting news here is that is that it looks confirmed that Bumblebee will be an actual VW beetle! I know it's been hinted at before but it has made me happy to hear the description in this article. As for the WW star, I don't know much about him.
So, given the time frame of this movie, and what I've picked up about the Last Knight, does that mean that the whole premise of the first movie (Transformers first arrive on earth chasing the Allspark) has been retconned away?
I don't think it's incompatible. Remember in the first film BusterSpike Sam just bought Bumblebee from a car dealer; there was no reference to how long he'd been on Earth. Megatron had been stuck in the ice for years. Also, TLK made out Bee had been on Earth fighting in the Second World War. It's a retcon, but it doesn't break anything.
Was it not Bumblebee that busted the Mars Rover? Implying that his arrival was fairly recent, and the search had only recently narrowed to Earth.
Also: Why do I care?
That was Starscream.
And as for Bumblebee being around in WWII and the 80s, it's only a retcon as far as IDW and the prequel novels go. As no movie before TLK has ever established anything about 'Bee before he rolled into into Uncle Bobby B's used car dealership, there's nothing to really retcon. A retcon is when you intentionally change established fact. This is just simply filling out backstory.
Bay can't even be bothered learning a robot's name outside of Optimus, Bumblebee, and Megatron. The fact that no one regards little comics is of no surprise to me.
But otherwise, yeah. The surrounding fiction was much better than the actual movies. Particularly Starscream! He was competent! He was a good leader! Until RotF had him acting like just another sniveling G1 knockoff.
Hey, do you think Micheal Bay could retcon my ass a littler smaller? I've put on weight over the last couple of years, AND I'M WORRIED I DON'T FIT ANYMORE!!! I NEED TO BE SHOE-HORNED IN TO MAKE IT ALL FIT!!!
I was the one who let you know, I was your sorry ever after, '84, '85. Give me new toys and I'll decide, but I'm really only after, '84, '85.