Travis Knight, the son of Nike co-founder Phil Knight, has had a successful run as the President and CEO of animation studio Laika. With the momentum, Knight made his directorial debut last year, taking the lead on the critically acclaimed film Kubo and the Two Strings. Now, Knight has reportedly landed one of his biggest jobs yet — and it's outside the world of animation.
According to Variety, Knight has been selected as the director for the upcoming Transformers spinoff, "Bumblebee." The plot of the movie is unknown, but it will focus on the popular character from the Michael Bay-directed series.
In the past, animated films from Laika have been accompanied by commemorative Nike and Air Jordan sneakers. For Kubo, Tinker Hatfield redesigned the Air Jordan 15 for a limited edition charity auction. With Paramount being the studio in charge of "Bumblebee," the circumstances will be a bit different, but don't be surprised if Knights link Nike to the film. In 2009, the company worked with Hasbro to release a three-sneaker pack celebrating the franchise's sequel. Nike also worked on a "Megatron" Collection for wide receiver Calvin Johnson's signature sneaker in 2013.