Michael Bay Admits He Should Have Stopped Making ‘Transformers’ Films

We already knew that, Michael.

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Michael Bay has admitted that he should have stopped making Transformers films and that even Steven Spielberg told him where to draw the line.

The Michael Bay Transformers films are ones that have something of an odd placement in film history. On one hand, all of the films except the first one were despised by critics and fans alike. On the other hand, up until Transformers: The Last Knight, they were all massive money makers. They also arguably had as much to do with the current franchise-dominated Hollywood landscape as any comic book movie. And once upon a time, Michael Bay and his new universe seemed unstoppable.

At the time of its release, Michael Bay’s third Transformers film, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, earned over $1.1B worldwide. At that point, both Paramount and Bay seemed to be done with the franchise. The director and studio then came back for a fourth film, titled Transformers: Age Of Extinction which also made over $1.1B worldwide. Both the studio and the director then began making plans for their own cinematic universe based around the alien robots with the first spinoff focusing on the character Bumblebee in the 1980s.

The Last Knight‘s underperformance at the box office threw a wrench in these plans, and Michael Bay left the franchise altogether this time around. A new film, titled Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is currently being made with a completely new creative team and is said to be the start of a new trilogy. Looking back at it all, however, Bay admits that he stayed with the franchise too long.

In a recent interview with Unilad UK, Michael Bay admitted that he made too many Transformers films and even Steven Spielberg told him when he should have stopped but had too much fun making them:

“I made too many of them. Steven Spielberg said, ‘Just stop at three’. And I said I’d stop. The studio begged me to do a fourth, and then that made a billion too. And then I said I’m gonna stop here. And they begged me again. I should have stopped. [But] they were fun to do.”

Here is the synopsis for the most recent Transformers film, Bumblebee:

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.

Directed by Travis Knight from a script written by Christina Hodson, Bumblebee stars Hailee Steinfeld, Pamela Adlon, John Cena, Stephen Schneider, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Jason Ian Drucker, Kenneth Choi, Ricardo Hoyos, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, and Grace Dzienny.

Bumblebee is available on Digital, 4K UHD, and Blu-ray, while Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will hit theaters on June 9th, 2023. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the future of the franchise and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Soruce: Unilad UK

Trey Griffeth

Trey Griffeth

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