The next Transformers movie’s reported working title and story details hint the film will tie-in to Bumblebee and introduce Beast Wars characters.

The Transformers are poised to return to the big screen soon with a surprising new title that hints at a tie-in with the beloved Beast Wars incarnation of the franchise. The live action Transformers films got started in 2007 under the guidance of director Michael Bay, who made them some of the biggest, loudest spectacles available at the box office.

Bay’s version of the robots in disguise fizzled out after Transformers: The Last Knight, but the franchise rebounded with 2018’s Bumblebee, which was a big critical hit and a modest box office success. Fans have wondered what the next move for the Autobots and Decepticons might be on the silver screen, as Creed 2 director Steve Caple Jr. takes the reins of the franchise. Now we may have a better idea of what’s coming.

According to The Illuminerdi, the next film currently has a working title of Transformers: Beast Alliance. It’s being described as a globe-spanning heist adventure set in the same continuity as the Bumblebee movie, and will take place in the 1990s. Hailee Steinfeld will reportedly not return, as the film is looking to cast a new lead human character.

The title Transformers: Beast Alliance would seem to indicate a connection to Beast Wars, which will certainly send longtime Transformers fans into a tizzy. The 1996 animated series is widely regarded as one of the best pieces of Transformers fiction of all time, pitting the Maximals and Predacons against each other on prehistoric Earth as they battle for the future of their species.

Beast Wars has popped up again recently in the Transformers toyline and tie-in media with the sub-line Kingdom. Kingdom is also set to be the final part of the War For Cybertron trilogy on Netflix. It’s a much beloved part of Transformers history, and in some ways it make perfect sense to reboot the franchise utilizing that slice of the Transformers mythos.

Transformers badly needs a box office win. Bumblebee was well received by critics, but largely got wiped out at the box office by Aquaman and Mary Poppins Returns. The film made money, but not on the level of the most successful of the Bay films. Integrating some of the Beast Wars mythology into the next film is a great way to tell new, different stories than the Bay films while celebrating the series considered to be the pinnacle of the franchise. It remains to be seen exactly how Beast Wars will be folded into the next film, but it’s a promising first step.