The Michael Bay Transformers movie franchise has been around for ten years now. This summer will see the release of the fifth movie in the franchise, Transformers: The Last Knight. During an event in London, where Bay screened more footage of the upcoming release, he revealed that the franchise is far from over.
In an interview with Yahoo UK Movies, Michael Bay revealed that the ‘Transformers Writing Team’ has outlined 14 new “stories” for the franchise. One of those stories is the Bumblebee spin-off film that will be directed by Travis Knight. That means that there are 13 other stories still being worked on, which is a whole lot of Transformers movies.
The writing team was formed in 2015 and is being led by Akiva Goldsman. The other members of this team include the writing pair of Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man); Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down); Zak Penn (Ready Player One); Lindsey Beer (Barbie); Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider); Christina Hodson (Bumblebee); Steven DeKnight (Daredevil); Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2); and the team of Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man). This is a wonderful group of writers assembled for sure.
This pronouncement could be considered a good news/bad news situation. However, it could also be considered a bad news/bad news situation… depending on your point of view. The good news for many fans is that Transformers: The Last Knight will indeed be the last one directed by Michael Bay. Many fans have been very critical of what he has done with the franchise so that could be the silver lining here. The bad news could be that there is so many more movies yet to come, though some might consider that good news as well.
The question that I have, and that many others may have, is has Michael Bay ruined Transformers too much? There are people who will say yes, but I don’t think so. There are directors out there who may be able to turn things around. With 14 stories planned, that is truly more than meets the eye when it comes to the Transformers franchise.