Looks like despite what Michael Bay says about not going back to “Transformers”, the (cinematic) universe ain’t allowing it to end as of yet.
Because apparently, there’s going to be more Transformers movies. Not just one or two more, and not even just a trilogy. But an entire connected universe ala Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) style.
You see, Paramount Pictures wants more Transformers. According to Deadline, the studio is negotiating with Akiva Goldsman to work with franchise director Michael Bay, exec producer Steven Spielberg, and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to organise a “writer’s room” that will incubate ideas for a potential multi-part Transformers sequel, and come up with potential spinoff films based on the billion-dollar franchise culled from the Hasbro toy line.
We can understand why they refuse to let go of the film series. After all, “Transformers: Age Of Extinction” grossed nearly USB1.1 billion, and became the top grossing release ever in China. If we remember clearly, it also had a very memorable promo campaign. And despite gross payouts that included Bay and the film’s star Mark Wahlberg, the film still generated USD250 million in net profits to Paramount.
On top of that, the movies sell a tonne of toys as well as other movie merchandise. So we can see why they’d want to keep milking it.
Deadline also reported that Paramount is hoping to get the new Transformers ready for Michael Bay, as well. He’s currently working on a Benghazi movie and has said he probably won’t direct the next Transformers film. To be precise, the 50-year-old director hinted that he might pass the baton for future Transformers movies to a new director while he turns his focus elsewhere.
Michael Bay confessed, “There’s kind of a new chapter, a new direction in movies I want to make.”
But he has said that before and it hasn’t stopped him from coming back, has it?
So get ready for so, so many more CG car-robots. They’re coming. And you can’t stop them. Unless, of course, you finally decide not to watch them.