Netflix and Hasbro are teaming up for a new Transformers series.
The shape-shifting toy robots are no stranger to the screen, having spawned a number of TV series and a gargantuan blockbuster franchise. This new series, produced with Rooster Teeth, will bring an “all-new animation style” to the Transformers universe, telling the story of the War for Cybertron.
The brand-new origin story will be overseen by showrunner FJ DeSanto (Transformers: Titans Return, Transformers: Power of the Primes), with contributing writers including George Krstic (Megas XLR), Gavin Hignight (Transformers: Cyberverse) and Brandon Easton (Transformers: Rescue Bots).
The involvement of Rooster Teeth, which is part of WarnerMedia’s OtterMedia group, marks Warner’s ongoing relationship with Hasbro; Machinima, which was once part of Warner Bros. Digital Networks, partnered with Hasbro on multiple Transformers series, including Combiner Wars and Titans Return. In recent months, though, Machinima has been moved under the OtterMedia banner, following AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, and ultimately shut down, with almost all staff laid off. Rooster Teeth has this week taken on several Machinima titles to rescue them, including the Inside Gaming talk show.
Tom Warner, SVP for the Transformers franchise at Hasbro, said in a statement: “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.”
“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,” added John Derderian, Netflix’s anime chief.