Paramount has been driving ahead with ways to keep the Energon glowing at the heart of the Transformers franchise, with various films in development. Now we know who will handle the revamp of the main live-action franchise: Creed II director Steven Caple Jr.
According to Deadline, there is no official deal in place yet, but the studio and its Hasbro partners consider him the top choice and will be spilling ink on a contract before too long. Not much is known in terms of plot, but the script comes from Joby Harold, who had been hired to write one version of the story, with James Vanderbilt contributing another. Harold's take won out, and Paramount began meeting with directors to hear their visions for it, with Caple chosen.
It's just the latest development as Paramount looks to keep one of its biggest franchises going – Toy Story 4's Josh Cooley is on for a new animated prequel movie set on Cybertron, while there's always the increasingly vain hope for a sequel to 2018's Bumblebee.
Caple has several projects in development, though we'd expect Optimus Prime and co. to push everything else off his schedule. There's a June 2022 release date slot booked, but we'll wait and see whether this film plants a flag in it.