In a virtual press event attended by Headline 4 Ever, director Steven Caple Jr. revealed the title of the next “Transformers” movie: “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.”
Caple Jr. confirmed that the word “Beasts” does indeed refer to “Beast Wars: Transformers,” the beloved CGI TV series that aired from 1996 to 2001. Caple Jr. also confirmed that both Maximals and Predacons will be making an appearance.
If you’re not up on your “Transformers” lore, this is a huge deal. While other movies in the franchise have featured scenes that took place in the past, “Rise of the Beasts” will presumably be set mostly in prehistoric times, just like “Beast Wars: Transformers” was. The Maximals are the precursor species to the Autobots. In Earth’s prehistory they fought against the Predacons, who correspond with the Decepticons in present day. Some original “Transformers” characters also appeared on “Beast Wars: Transformers, too, but they were mostly dormant.
Obviously, that scenario is much different from the other “Transformers” movies. And “Beast Wars: Transformers” was itself a major departure from the franchise, too. At first, “Beast Wars: Transformers” did divide “Transformers” fans, some of whom were skeptical about a show with mostly new characters (via DVD Talk). Eventually, though, “Beast Wars: Transformers” won most fans over with its strong writing and high production values. We’ll only have to wait about a year to see if “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” can do the same.