As a film franchise, Transformers shows no sign of ending anytime soon. Regardless of your thoughts on the series, their propensity for box-office success cannot be denied, with previous two instalments Age Of Extinction and Dark Of The Moon currently ranking at 15th and 12th respectively in the all-time highest-grossing films ever list. And with a further four films planned (yep, keep your schedules open for Transformers 8), it’s a juggernaut that will likely roll on and on. At least until Michael Bay gets bored or decides to pass on the torch.
However, in light of this recent piece of news, this scenario won’t be realised yet, as in an interview with Rolling Stone the director confirmed that he would be returning to direct the as-yet un-subtitled Transformers 5, while simultaneously appearing to suggest that this might well be his last one: “Transformers, I still have a great time. It’s fun to do a movie that 100 million people will see. But this is the last one. I have to pass the reins to someone else.”
Then again, it’s worth remembering that everyone assumed that Dark Of The Moon would be his last, although he nevertheless still ended up returning for Age Of Extinction. Back in March, writer/producer Akiva Goldsman was brought in to oversee the recruitment of new screenwriters on future Transformers sequels and spinoffs. Yep, you heard rights: spinoffs. There will be even more Transformers movie, with Black Hawk Down writer Ken Nolan currently on board to write one alongside Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.
Anyway, it also seems clear that Bay is looking to focus on his non-genre projects, like war-based thriller 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi. In the meantime, get ready for the fifth Transformers movie!
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