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Transformers: Rise of the Beasts Director On How Film Pays Homage To ’90s Action Films

July 4, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is set in the 1990s, and director Steven Caple Jr. discussed how the film will reflect the era’s action classics. Cagle discussed the film’s style during the recent press conference announcing details of the movie, and you can see some highlights below per

On the film’s 1990s action style: “As a fan and watching all the Transformers films, and then stepping into Bumblebee, I love the way he went back into ’87. 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.”

On paying homage to films like Terminator 2 and Independence Day: “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.”

The film stars Anthony Ramos and Dominque Fishback in the roles of the main human characters along with Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime and Ron Perlman as Optimus Primal. It will introduce the Beast Wars and will feature Predacons, Maximals, and Terrorcons joining the existing conflict between Autobots and Decepticons. It is set for a July 24th, 2022 release date.