Michael Bay Won’t Direct Transformers 6

06/16/2017

Michael Bay has directed four Transformers film and is returning to direct the upcoming fifth movie, called "The Last Knight." However, he won't be back for the sixth installment.

 

When it comes to Michael Bay’s feature film career, nearly 40% of it has been taken up by Transformers movies. Michael Bay has directed four Transformers film and returns to direct the upcoming fifth movie Transformers: The Last Knight. Most of the films were critically lambasted, but they’ve been wildly successful at the box-office, grossing more than 3.7 billion dollars worldwide. However, the filmmaker is ready to bid the franchise adieu.

Speaking with Fandango, Bay says that The Last Knight will be his final go-around directing a Transformers film:

“These movies that I’ve done, they are massive movies. They take a lot out of you,” Bay said when we asked if he was finally — for real, this time — stepping away from the Transformers franchise. “I’ve done it enough, and I’ve had a great time doing it. I’m going out with a bang on this one, and I feel like you gotta go out while you’re ahead, you know. I think I’ve had a good run, and I’ve got a lot of other movies I want to do.”

If you are worried about the future of the franchise, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner is here to comfort you! In a new interview with THR, Goldner says that while no director has been hired to helm Transformers 6 yet, story options are still being explored and the film remains on track for 2019:

There is not a director yet, but it’s certainly a date we believe we can achieve. We own several hundred characters in the mythology. People don’t know much about their home planet. We’re in the process of thinking about what is the next story to tell.

Transformers: The Last Knight will mark a bit of a departure, however, as Paramount put together a writer’s table headed by Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman to create a shared universe with a more expansive mythology. This upcoming film will be the first film to lay the seeds for spin-off films including one about Bumblebee set in the 1980s, an animated prequel film set on Cybertron, and possibly one set in ancient Rome.