When Transformers: Dark of the Moon made a ton of money at the box office, we knew we hadn’t seen the end of the Transformers franchise. The surprising part was that series director Michael Bay signed on for a fourth movie, despite his ardent claims that the third film would be his last. Now, in a piece about a new $100 million Transformers ride debuting at Universal Studios, Hero Complex has a statement from Bay detailing his thoughts on the upcoming entry into the franchise.
Here’s what Hero Complex had to say:
There’s plenty more Transformer action to come with a major new video game release, “Transformers: Fall of Cybertron,” due in August and another Bay movie in the works. (The director, by the way, says that the fourth film will include some redesign of the robots and an entirely new cast. He also said it will be his last and set the franchise up “for the next guy.”)
We obviously can’t believe anything that Bay says at this point considering his previous flip-flopping on coming back for this fourth entry, but it’s probably worth keeping a public record of his decisions. The interesting aspect about this is thinking about how Bay is going to use an entirely new cast to set up the fifth film without a traditional “transition” movie in between. It’s not like all of the supporting players will be gone and we’ll just have Shia LaBeouf’s character this time…Shia has said he’s not interested and, unlike Bay, I imagine he’ll keep his word.
Say what you will about him, but Shia’s Sam Witwicky and his relationship with Bumblebee was the heart of the franchise, and I’m not sure how this series will move forward without him. Time will tell, but how do you think this will all play out? Do you think Bay is coming back for yet another movie after Transformers 4, or is he really done this time?