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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“I was a kid when it first came out,” Caple Jr. said. “So 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 connection… 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.