Autobots… roll out!!! Or at least they will be rolling out for the foreseeable future. That’s due to Paramount unveiling the new dates for a new Transformers trilogy in the blockbuster franchise. Are you ready? Here we go:
Transformers 5: June 23, 2017
Transformers 6: June 8, 2018
Transformers 7: June 28, 2019
That’s right; three Transformers movies… in three consecutive years!!! You probably want to pinch yourself, but don’t worry; it’s not a dream. This is really happening and it’s a great thing… trust me.
The Transformers movie franchise exploded (pun intended) onto the movie scene in 2007. The first part was well received and hauled in over $700 million worldwide. Sequels followed in 2009, 2011 and 2014 and were… well, what’s the word? “Not as well liked” is putting it lightly. Despite fan reactions ranging from heated to nuclear hatred, these critical speed-bumps didn’t stop the franchise from becoming a juggernaut and collecting over $3.8 Billion at the box office.
With that kind of money – not to mention what’s coming in from toy lines, theme park rides, etc. – the continuing adventures of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and friends was inevitable. So get hyped, people, because today’s Transformers news is cause for celebration. If you’re not popping the champagne, let me give you some reasons why you should be.
1. Michael Bay Won’t Be Directing All of Them
Sure, Paramount didn’t confirm that. However, Bay has said the fifth installment will be his last (I know, he said that about 3 and 4, too). With a new movie coming out each year, along with the amount of post-production work that goes into each one, there is no way one director can handle that load. So, expect fresh blood (or a recharged Allspark) to get pumped into the franchise starting with part six.
2. Michael Bay Will Be Directing Transformers 5
Now, it’s time for some honesty here. I am a big Michael Bay fan. I truly enjoy his movies (except it is hard to defend Revenge of the Fallen). I am even part of the same fraternity as Bay (Psi Upsilon representing!!!). You could argue that I am biased when I say I am excited for another Bay-fronted Transformers movie. But I would argue that most people hate on Bay movies simply because it’s perceived to be a cool thing to do.
The man has mastered his style of directing. This aforementioned mastery has translated to solid blockbusters (The Rock, Bad Boys, Transformers) and smaller action-packed ones such as Pain and Gain and the recent 13 Hours. If Transformers 5 is going to be his swan song for the franchise, I expect him to go out with a bang (pun intended). Let’s face it; his movies make money, which means people want to see them. With Transformers getting bigger and bigger each outing… expect five to be his biggest and best effort yet.
3. This Could Begin the New Hasbro Cinematic Universe
Last year Paramount brought in Akiva Goldsman to take control of the Transformers writing room and direct the franchise into the future. There has also been the long standing rumor of a potential G.I. Joe crossover. While Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has said a combination was unlikely at this time, the door was left open for Bruce Willis or even Dwayne Johnson (both starring in G.I. Joe: Retaliation) to make an appearance. Perhaps a small inclusion of either movie star could be the spark needed for the Hasbro Movie Empire.
If you’re still not excited, then tough; this is happening no matter what, so embrace the return of everyone’s favorite shape-shifting robots. When we last left Optimus Prime he was soaring into space, looking for the Autobots’ creators. Let’s hope Bay allows the next installment to pick up right where Age of Extinction left off (and brings back Mark Wahlberg!).