During the recent Transformers: Rise of the Beasts press conference, director Steven Caple Jr. talked about setting the next film in the 90s and how it will look to reflect the classic action films from that era.
“As a fan and watching all the Transformers films, and then stepping into Bumblebee, I love the way he went back into ’87,” said director Steven Caple Jr. “Again, it adds again to the nostalgia and something that people remember or connect to. So I was curious, when I met Lorenzo [di Bonaventura] and the team, I was like, where are we picking this thing up from? He was like 1994, and I was just like, that’s a great era. You know what I mean? It has a lot of texture. It’s rich, its texture is also vibrant culturally. It has classic music and there’s a certain energy to the 90s that I’m looking forward to capture. Like we’ve seen it on screen very few times, sometimes little hokey, you play into it too much, but I think there’s a level of realness that I could bring to it. There’s a level of grit, but grit that I kinda naturally default to, that we can like really make pop, you know, in terms of our world and the Autobots stepping into the 90s and all the callbacks and fun we can sort of play with there in that era.”
When asked if the film will try to pay homage to classic 90s action films like Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Independence Day, Caple Jr. said it would look to capture that vibe.
“Definitely. I think you’ll feel the sense of a journey and expedition in this film. This go-around that connects all of those to what you’re saying. Terminator 2 is classic. The heaviness of the metal, if you will, all that stuff plays into it. So I think when you’re looking at our film and looking at sort of where we’re taking it, [we] kind of want to bring that classic expedition, that classic journey through New York and where we go from there.”
Returning to the action and spectacle that first captured moviegoers around the world 14 years ago with the original Transformers, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will take audiences on a ‘90s globetrotting adventure and introduce the Maximals, Predacons, and Terrorcons to the existing battle on earth between Autobots and Decepticons
The seventh movie in the live-action franchise will be helmed by Caple Jr. from a screenplay by Joby Harold, starring Anthony Ramos (Hamilton, In the Heights) and Dominique Fishback (Judas the Black Messiah). Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is scheduled to arrive in theaters on June 24, 2022.