With a fifth Transformers movie under his belt, Michael Bay believes that he is now officially done with the franchise based on the Hasbro toys and classic 1980s cartoon. Although he has mentioned that he planned on leaving the series after the third and fourth entries, Bay seems ready to move onto new projects that don’t involve the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons.
However, Transformers: The Last Knight star Mark Wahlberg isn’t fully convinced that Bay is finished with the series. Wahlberg, who has worked with the director twice before in Pain and Gain and Transformers: Age of Extinction had this to say about whether or not Bay would return for more:
“You know it’s one of those things where Michael has built this entire universe right, and he will decide what he wants to do and how he wants to do it. Right now he says he doesn’t want to do another film and he says that after every film because they are so difficult to make and he pretty much has to do it single-handedly, even with all the help that he has because all of the movie is in his mind.”
Wahlberg believes that Bay may need a long break away from the series before he could consider returning to direct his sixth film:
“So he’ll decide that and I would be hard pressed to see him walk away and put it in somebody else’s control and care. I mean, that’s just the Michael that I know, but you never know, sometimes people decide to move on, so we’ll see what happens.”
Even if Bay is moving on from the franchise, Paramount and Hasbro are already planning for more films, attempting to establish a Transformers cinematic universe of some sort. Their first new entry post-The Last Knight will be a Bumblebee spinoff that it set in the 1980s. Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight will direct with a script written by Christina Hodson. Academy Award-nominee Hailee Steinfeld is currently in-talks for a role in the film.
What do you guys think? Do you believe Bay’s sentiments that he’s finally finished? Sound off in the comments below.
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