The entire Transformers franchise has been a blockbuster success since it was rebooted in 2007. And, along the way, it has become an hotspot for General Motors product placement. That includes everyone’s favorite Autobot, Bumblebee, who showed face in 2007 based on the fifth-generation Camaro concept vehicle.
And if you may recall, several GM executives were even extras throughout the film series. That includes former GM vice president of global design, Ed Welburn.
But, all good things must come to and end. Even if you’re not a fan of the franchise, the fact it has raked in $3.7 billion worldwide speaks to its success, and the director behind each movie has said it’s time to move on. Michael Bay announced on his website he would be ending his 10-year tenure with the film franchise after Transformers: The Last Knight releases this summer.
For the final film, in particular, Bumblebee has a new look, with heavy aero bits and added exterior components for a more aggressive take on the Autobot’s design. But don’t be too upset about the end of Bay’s involvement with Transformers. It has already been confirmed a spin-off film surrounding Bumblebee is in the works.