After repeatedly saying that Transformers: The Last Knight—currently the 11th Most Anticipated Film on ComicBook.com—would be his last film in the series, while also serving as a launchpad for a wider franchise of spinoff movies, the director has now revealed that maybe he's not done.
The upcoming fifth film in the Transformers series received a lot of care and attention in the pre-production phase as Bay assembled a massive writers room to expand the mythos of the franchise in hopes of creating more properties to mine. And with the announcement of the Bumblebee film in the works with Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight helming the project, it appears those seeds could bear fruit.
And despite penning an essay stating that he would not direct another Transformers film after the Last Knight, now Bay has warmed up to the possibility of continuing within the franchise.
Bay spoke with MTV at CinemaCon last week when he dropped the bombshell, revealing that 14 different stories were in development within Paramount and Hasbro's robot-punching franchise.
"I would like to do one of them," Bay said with a smile.
He also said earlier that he's having too much fun and that the interviewer Josh Horowitz caught him in an "editing hole," meaning he is immersed in the material as he gets the cut finalized.
Whatever Bay decides to do, he's certainly putting the Transformers franchise as a whole in a position to expand in many different directions. Because he's so closely tied to the franchise, it's not surprising that Paramount wants a blueprint in place for future films should Bay decide to depart.
But now that's looking like it might not be in the cards. So even if a new director takes over the main series of films, it doesn't seem like we've seen the last appearance of Bayhem in the Cybertron universe.
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Transformers: The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Haddock).
The cast of Transformers: The Last Knight features Mark Wahlberg (Planet of the Apes) as Cade Yeager, Isabela Moner (100 Things To Do Before High School) as Izabella, Josh Duhamel (Life as We Know It) as Lieutenant Colonel William Lennox, John Turturro (The Big Lebowski) as Seymour Simmons, and Tyrese Gibson (Furious 7) as Robert Epps, as well as Jerrod Carmichael (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising), Anthony Hopkins (Thor: The Dark World). The voice cast includes Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime and John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane) as Hound.