More CG robot action will be heading your way because Paramount has just announced the dates of the next “Transformers” trilogy.
Here’s what we know so far: “Transformers 5” will see director Michael Bay returning to the director’s chair and actor Mark Wahlberg reprising his role. It was also previously announced that there will be a number of “Transformers” movies arriving in cinemas worldwide in the coming years.
And now, Paramount has more or less “sealed the deal” by announcing the release dates for the upcoming films in the shape-shifting robots franchise.
According to The Wrap, movies number 5, 6, and 7 are set to hit theatres in 2017, 2018, and 2019 respectively. “Transformers 5” will be released on 23rd June 2017 (clashes with “Wonder Woman”), followed by “Transformers 6” on 8th June 2018 (clashes with “Godzilla 2”), and then “Transformers 7” on 28th June 2019. It’s easy to understand why the studios would want to keep milking the franchise because 2014’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” topped a billion dollars across the globe and broke records in China.
On top of that, the movies sell tonnes of toys as well as other movie merchandise.
None of the upcoming films have got official titles as of yet, but Mark Wahlberg is apparently contracted for at least a few more films in the franchise so expect to see him in films beyond “Transformers 5”. Michael Bay, on the other hand, have time and time again said that he wouldn’t be returning but eventually caved and decided to work on “Transformers 5”.
However, he recently said that “Transformers 5” will be his last one. “I still have a great time. It’s fun to do a movie that 100 million people will see,” he said. “But this is the last one. I have to pass the reins to someone else,” adding that “it’s time to move on. One more.”
So maybe he won’t be returning to the director’s chair for “Transformers 6” and “Transformers 7”? It’s hard to say, really.
Michael Bay will direct “Transformers 5” from a script by “Black Hawk Down” writer Ken Nolan and “Iron Man” writers Marcum and Holloway. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing with Steven Spielberg executive producing.
As for “Transformers 6” and “Transformers 7”, Deadline previously reported that the studio was negotiating with Akiva Goldsman to work with Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, and 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’ll see how those plans come to fruition in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Ready or not, here they come.
Source: The Wrap / Featured image from Paramount Pictures.