Michael Bay has already said Transformers: Dark of the Moon will be his last Transformers movie and Shia LaBeouf doesn’t think he has “anything more to contribute”, but following the release of the latest movie producer Don Murphy said he was “pretty sure there will be a second trilogy”.
Hasbro, who have made millions from merchandise sales over the past few years, are no doubt interested in continuing the franchise, and Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner said during the company’s conference call today that Hasbro is in active discussions with Paramount, Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg regarding a potential fourth Tranformers movie.
THR reports that Goldner “hopes to have news to share in the next quarter”, so we can probably expect an announcement regarding Transformers 4 sometime over next few month or early 2012. The involvement of Michael Bay in these discussions doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be directing again, as he could easily remain on-board as a producer and hire another director to guide the next phase of the franchise. Bay could also change his mind and decide to direct again, so we’ll have to wait and see.
Transformers is currently the 4th highest-grossing movie franchise, with a total of $2.6 billion at the worldwide box office. Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the 4th highest-grossing movie of all time (without inflation) behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Titanic and Avatar.