Toy Story 4’s Josh Cooley On To Make Animated Transformers Prequel

Josh Cooley; Transformers

by James White |
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It's been a while since we've heard much from the Transformers franchise, with Bumblebee the last film to emerge from Hasbro and Paramount's development lab. Now one project that has been talked about before is inching closer to reality, as Oscar-winning Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley has, according to Deadline been quietly hired away from Pixar to work on an animated prequel set on Cybertron.

Back in 2015, we learned that the writers room overseen by Akiva Goldsman was working on various projects, including an untitled animated movie that would explore the troubled history of Optimus Prime and Megatron and the whole division between the Autobots and Decepticons. It'll apparently exist outside the timeline for the live-action films.

Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, who revised the Ant-Man script on set and were among the writers credited on Ant-Man And The Wasp, were part of the Transformers room and assigned the animated outing. Now, with the coronavirus conditions requiring social distancing and working from home, an animated film makes more sense in terms of getting back to business. So Cooley is overseeing the latest draft of the screenplay from the pair and it'll probably ramp up before any of the planned live-action movies.

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