You know what, I suddenly find myself really looking forward to Bumblebee. Maybe because we are now less than a year away. Maybe because it is an 80s set film being released at Christmas. (Is it too much to hope its set at Christmas?)Maybe its having a new director on board and likely a different tone than the previous films.
1 Megatron isn't on ice TF1 2 Devastator balls (TF2) 3 Earth isn't Unicron (TF5) 4 Dinobots aren't on Earth (tf4) 5 Allspark isn't on Earth & they may have dropped it altogether TF1 6 No super planet blasters on Earth hidden (TF2) 7 no shia lapuff tf1-3
I don't think them removing the date means Transformers 7 is being replaced with a new film, I think it means the series is on hold. Probably until they can guage the reaction to Bumblebee and work out where to go next. I don't think we'll see a new film next year.
Answer: I don’t think it’s a reboot because it is an alternative; a different chronology. So, rather than going to a sequel from what people had seen last time, this takes place in the 1980s. It’s a really fun era, people love the music, they love that time and place, and it was a great place to put Bumblebee because for our fans, everyone knows that the Transformers were originally created in the mid-eighties, so it gives you a chance to hearken back to the things that people loved about the brand. And a chance to enjoy the brand, kind of from the beginning again. But I wouldn’t really consciously go into it saying “Let’s reboot the franchise”. There wasn’t any of that. We just felt that the story naturally came as a result of some of the work that we have done.”
So.... it's a reboot if you aren't pretending "reboot" is a dirty word.