Optimus Prime has been confirmed to return in Travis Knight’s 2018 Bumblebee spinoff. Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are among the only characters who have appeared in each Transformers movie ever since Michael Bay launched the live-action franchise in 2007, thereby providing Paramount Pictures with one of their most financially successful franchises ever. And since cinematic universes are all the rage in Hollywood these days, after Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction released in 2014, the studio decided to push full-steam ahead with their own shared universe.

Paramount had hired Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to oversee their newly-formed Transformers writer’s room, which consisted of some of the industry’s top ...

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