During today Transformers: Rise of the Beasts press conference, director Steven Caple Jr. spoke about his relationship with the Transformers universe, including Beast wars, and what the franchise means to him as a fan and filmmaker.
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âI was a kid when it first came out,â Caple Jr. said. âSo there is that element, and therefore my very first life experience. Transformers, I was a kid and I was actually using my cousin’s VHS tape. It seems strange to say it out loud. I feel like it’s prehistoric now. It was a VHS tape. I don’t know if everyone remembers what it was. I had to back off after seeing it. I was captivated by the world back then, even the colors, because I truly am a person of color. I was really excited about the colors, I remember them, and then the characters themselves.
“So I started to work backwards and look at all the Transformers. When I was a teenager Beast wars came out of. I was part of this kind of interesting gap where I got to know the Transformers, know G1, even know G2, but in addition, dive into Beast wars. I remember they were trying something awesome with CGI and stuff. And we were all like, what is it? It was just on a break-in like in high school. I’m just excited. You can see the kid in me is like, that’s what brought me to the project. It’s a chance to imagine on a different level, right? And like, dream. So what is it Transformers really mean to me. Dealing with robots, dealing with humans and making that connectionâ¦ it’s all about emotion and it all depends on where we can take our new characters.
“What is interesting about Transformers all in all there are different, I would say, races of Transformers If you want. You know what I mean? We have different badges, different groups and Beast wars happens to be one of them. There were these animals that, I mean, these robots that their [disguises] were an animal form. So we have them here in our movie. And again, I’m not going to reveal the plot. In our particular film, it is these prehistoric [robots] that kind of travel through time and space and we find them here on Earth. And that’s all I’m going to say.
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Return 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 the audience on a 90s globetrotting adventure and introduce the Maximals, Predacons and Terrorcons to the existing battle on land between Autobots and Decepticons
The seventh film in the live-action franchise will be directed 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.