Saturday, February 16, 2019

Transformers: War for Cybertron Animated Series Heading to Netflix

For a while there was a rumor that Hasbro was working on an animated movie that would tell the origin of the Transformers war. Sounds like they decided to pivot to TV as they have teamed with Rooster Teeth to create an animated series for Netflix called Transformers: War for Cybertron. The series would debut sometime in 2020 on the streaming service. The name may sound familiar as was used for a video game from a few years ago.

The comics have already told the story that began as a protest movement more or less led by Orion Pax (Optimus Prime) and Megatron against a repressive government before Megatron's escalating tactics (like killing the entire government leadership) caused a permanent rift and eventually ignited the civil war that lasted millions of years. IDW Transformers comics were firing on all thrusters, worth reading the trades. I doubt the series will copy the comics line but wouldn't mind if they are inspired by it.
“In this Transformers origin story, we will explore the expansive universe of Cybertron in a way that audiences have never seen before – to the delight of both existing fans and those coming to the franchise for the first time. The Transformers brand is a global phenomenon and we are thrilled to partner with Hasbro, Rooster Teeth and Polygon to bring this exciting new series to our members around the world on Netflix.”

From Tom Warner, Senior VP for the Transformers franchise at Hasbro, “We’re thrilled to work with Rooster Teeth’s new premium studio division to bring an all-new Transformers fan-oriented series to Netflix. Transformers has a rich history of great storytelling and War for Cybertron is an exciting new chapter in the Transformers Universe.”

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