While being interviewed regarding Pacific Rim Uprising, Steven DeKnight was briefly asked by Uproxx about his time working with the Transformers Movie Writers Room. There's really no new revelations in this, as he mentions working on what he recalled as a dozen movie pitches, but he did make sure to mention how the upcoming Transformers: Bumblebee was his favorite of what came out of the project. Hopefully that's a genuinely positive sign for the quality of this year's movie, though it's also entirely possible that DeKnight wouldn't even recognize the movie if he saw it today. You can see more on this plus a link to the interview below!
It was a blast.
It was a room full of incredibly talented, interesting, really wonderful people. I’ve got to say, my time spent in there was just, more than anything, was just so much fun. Everyone was so much fun and interesting. And we actually wrote, I think it was, I want to say 12 different movies. Every one of us took a different idea and developed it into like a full 30-page outline, so there were like 12 movies. And also, in complete honesty, my absolute favorite movie of the bunch was the Bumblebee movie that they’re making right now.
I’ve heard good things about it.
The idea was fantastic.
Steven DeKnight is not to our knowledge involved with the actual production of Transformers: Bumblebee and is most likely only speaking in reference to the initial outline or another early form of treatment that he would have seen during the Writers Room event, after which point the Bumblebee movie could have gone through any number of revisions.
In this moment, it's worth remembering one of the best (and possibly most honest) remarks heard about a then-upcoming Transformers movie during an interview, when actor Titus Welliver infamously declared Age of Extinction was "not a kids movie". Welliver was 'encouraged' in short order to 'clarify' that statement as part of a direct release from Paramount. Welliver was probably more right the first time.
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