Animated 'Transformers' Prequel in the Works With 'Toy Story 4' Director

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Josh Cooley will work from a script from 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari.

There is more than meets the eye to Josh Cooley. The filmmaker, who co-wrote and directed the Oscar-winning Toy Story 4, has been hired to helm a big-screen animated Transformers feature, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Entertainment One, Hasbro’s entertainment studio, will develop and produce the film along with Paramount Animation.

Screenwriting partners Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, known for Marvel Studios' Ant-Man franchise, penned the script.

The project is acting as a prequel of sorts to the live-action Transformers movies, and will explore the origin of the heroic Megatron and the seeds of conflict between the harmony-seeking Autobots and domination-loving Decepticons.

Michael Bay directed five big-screen Transformers efforts from 2007-2017. Travis Knight helmed the '80s-set prequel Bumblebee, which hit theaters in 2018.

For Cooley, the move positions him to be the animated version’s Bay, should the movie turn out to be a hit. In addition to winning the animated feature Oscar for Toy Story 4 earlier this year, Cooley was nominated for the original screenplay Oscar for 2015's Inside Out.

He is repped by CAA, Grandview and Jackoway Austen.