‘Transformers’ Animated Series in the Works at Netflix

The streaming giant is heading to Cybertron.

Today, Netflix announced that it has partnered with Hasbro for a new Transformers animated series, War for Cybertron, that will tell an origin story set in the universe of Autobots and Decepticons. It’s set to premiere in 2020.

Digital studio Rooster Teeth (RWBY) will produce the series, with Polygon Pictures (Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Star Wars Resistance) serving as the animation studio. The show will feature a new animation style unseen in any previous Transformers animated series.

With those studios at work on this series, it can be assumed that Transformers will hone in on an anime-style for this new project.

“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,” said John Derderian, director of anime for Netflix. “The Transformers brand is a global phenomenon, and we are thrilled to partner with Hasbro, Rooster Teeth and Polygon to bring this exciting new anime series to our members around the world on Netflix.”

FJ DeSanto (Transformers: Titans Return, Transformers: Power of the Primes) has signed on as showrunner. Other writers include George Krstic, Gavin Hignight and Brandon Easton.

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

War for Cybertron is the latest project for Netflix’s expanding animation library. The company announced the creation of its own in-house animation studio and has signed on several of Hollywood’s best creators and IP’s. This includes Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch, Guillermo del Toro, and acquiring the rights to created a universe based on the stories of Roald Dahl.

What’s interesting is that this announcement does not make note of the various Transformers films in development, one of which was animated and set on Cybertron (the project was assumed to be an origin story). Then again, the television shows and the Bayverse Transformers never intertwined to begin with.

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