Prepare to roll your eyes for a fifth time in 2017, as ‘Transformers 5‘ is coming to theaters, and at this point it looks like Michael Bay will indeed be back to direct, because I honestly can’t think anyone else who would want to take on the onerous franchise that Bay has already driven into the ground. And on top of that, after the financial success of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, Hasbro has decided to open up the ‘Transformers’ Universe by having its own spin-offs and ancillary movies, all within the same continuity. Because, in their eyes, if it worked for Marvel with its 75 years of rich storytelling based on numerous artists and writers who deeply love their characters, it clearly will work for the 30 year old toy franchise whose stories only exist to sell more of those toys.
In the words of Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner:
“Our plan with the studio and filmakers you may have heard some writers being hired and we have in fact brought in Akiva Goldsman to lead a group of writers to really create a strategic plan around Transformers. We think there are any number of stories to be told from the brand that has been around for 30 years with amazing canon and mythology. We would expect the sequel to the Transformers movie [TF4] to happen in 2017.”
Truthfully, Bay’s return is not guaranteed, with the only guaranteed name returning to the franchise being the star of the fourth film, Mark Wahlberg. What does this mean for the franchise’s future? If Bay does return, we’ll probably get more of the same, though there’s a slight chance the spin-offs could hold some merit do the new creatives being brought in to helm and star. And if Bay does vacate the director’s chair, perhaps there’s a chance (though slim) that someone could step in and transform the franchise into something with a little more substance.
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