Paramount and Hasbro’s new Transformers movie planned for a 2022 release hires Creed 2’s Steven Caple Jr. to direct and could be a Bumblebee spinoff.
Caple’s hiring for Transformers is an encouraging sign for the movie, and the next step in his movie-making career. He balanced telling a new story, using nostalgia, and working within the frameworks of a franchise quite well in Creed 2, so he is already prepped to do the same with Transformers. Meanwhile, it puts Caple on an upwards trajectory in Hollywood and marks his first job since Creed 2.
According to Deadline, Paramount and Hasbro have tapped Steven Caple Jr. to direct the new Transformers movie. Caple Jr. most recently directed Creed II, which received very positive reviews and made over $200 million worldwide. His hiring comes after Paramount selected Joby Harold’s script to be the basis of the 2022 film, allowing him to finish the script so executives could begin meeting with directors. It isn’t known who all met for the job, but Caple Jr. was selected as the best person to tackle Transformers.
He made his feature debut with the independent movie The Land in 2016, moved up to a mid-sized budget franchise film with Creed 2, and now could have his biggest budget yet with Transformers. In many ways, this is a similar path as Creed’s Ryan Coogler took. While that’s not to say Caple Jr. will do for Transformers what Coogler did for Black Panther and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, hopefully he is able to put his mark on the property.