Toy Story 4 Director Josh Cooley Will Direct The Animated Transformers Prequel
When Shia LaBeouf first burst onto the big screen as Sam Witwicky in 2007’s Transformers, it was all audiences could do to keep up with the high-speed, adrenaline-packed action of the Michael Bay production. Naturally, Megan Fox became the crush of men (and women) around the world, and Transformers went on to spawn a franchise synonymous with elaborate stunts, action, and ridiculous machines. Now, audiences are set to get an animated prequel and with the director that’s just been appointed the role, it’s likely it will be just as big a hit as the live-action original films.
Fans can finally relax and breathe easy knowing that not only is the animated film currently in the works, but it’s also in safe hands as Josh Cooley has been tapped to direct the animated prequel. The announcement comes after Cooley won a Best Animated Film Oscar for Toy Story 4 – the recent flick that had young audiences and adults crying into their popcorn as the nostalgia of Tom Hanks voicing Woody got all too much.
But in taking on the film, Cooley now finds himself behind what is expected to be one of the biggest-scale productions in animated history as Transformers is set to deliver an origin story with the same kind of blockbuster punch you’d expect from the original movies. According to Deadline, the film 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.”
Reports have already revealed that the script was written by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, the people who worked on Ant-Man, and who also found themselves in the writing chair for Ant-Man and the Wasp.
While lockdowns and social distancing restrictions have plunged the film industry into turmoil as productions have been forced to be postponed indefinitely, it seems animated films are the way to go. Live-action films might still dominate when it comes to the box office, particularly now as Disney seeks to cash in on our nostalgia for childhood classics by giving them a live-action remake, but in the time of COVID-19, animated is easier to produce while still respecting social distancing. And while this prequel is still a way off, we can only hope the current climate fosters greater productivity and creativity.