Paramount Pictures has set a Chinese release date for Bumblebee, which is opening in North America on December 21. The Bumblebee China release will take place two weeks later, on January 4, 2019. China Film Group Film Import and Export Corporation is responsible for the import of the movie, while China Film Group Corporation and HuaXia Film Distribution Co. Ltd. are distributing. Tencent Pictures will market and promote the Bumblebee China release.
Tencent also revealed today that Top Gun: Maverick will be opening in China in the summer of 2020. The North American release date has been set for June 26, 2020. Directed by Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion), the Top Gun sequel stars Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Glen Powell, Ed Harris, Jon Hamm, Lewis Pullman, Thomasin McKenzie, Charles Parnell, Jay Ellis, Bashir Salahuddin, Danny Ramirez, and Monica Barbaro.
In related news, Cruise and Mission: Impossible – Fallout writer, director, and producer Christopher McQuarrie posted this video from the set of Top Gun: Maverick talking about motion smoothing on your TV.
I’m taking a quick break from filming to tell you the best way to watch Mission: Impossible Fallout (or any movie you love) at home. pic.twitter.com/oW2eTm1IUA
— Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) December 4, 2018
“We are thrilled to partner with Tencent Pictures to bring the Bumblebee origin story to China, where the Transformers franchise has been tremendously popular. Tencent’s involvement in many high-profile international projects has demonstrated its strong capacity in marketing campaigns in China, making Tencent an ideal partner to share this film with a global audience. We really look forward to presenting this heart-warming movie with Tencent, and to partnering with them on the next Top Gun film, particularly given the enthusiasm for the original film in China,” said Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO, Paramount Pictures.
Bumblebee takes place in the year 1987, where, on the run, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.
In addition to Steinfeld, the film stars John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon, and Stephen Schneider. It was recently announced that Bumblebee will be voiced by Dylan O’Brien in the film.
Directed by Travis Knight from a script by Christina Hodson and Kelly Fremon Craig, film’s producers are Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Tom DeSanto & Don Murphy, and Michael Bay, and the executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Brian Goldner, Mark Vahradian, and Chris Brigham.