Travis Knight, director of Kubo and the Two Strings, is switching to live-action for his next project, Bumblebee, a spin-off of the Transformers franchise.

Knight will direct from a screenplay by Christina Hodson (Shut In). Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Michael Bay, and Steven Spielberg will produce along with Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis.

The 2018 tentpole marks the first live-action project for Knight, who is also the president and CEO of Laika. His studio is currently working on a new film, but no details have been announced about that project yet.

Knight is repped by CAA. News of his Bumblee gig was first announced by Deadline.

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