In 2005, Michael Bay launched the Transformers franchise based on the Hasbro toy line inspiring a sense of wonder in audiences as they witnessed groundbreaking visual effects with incredibly ambitious sound design. The films themselves allowed Bay to elevate himself as a director and fully harness his creative capabilities with the opportunities presented by the nature of the subject matter.
Over the years, the franchise evolved as it went through some ups and downs, hitting a bump in the road with Revenge of the Fallen but Bay remained steadfast in his determination to further the franchise and complete the trilogy of Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf). In 2014, Bay successfully breathed new life into the franchise with Transformers: Age of Extinction, introducing a brand new set of human characters and furthering the mythology of the universe by finally introducing the Dinobots into live-action.
While Age of Extinction wasn’t well received critically, it became the top-grossing film in Chinese history. The success of the film led to Paramount Pictures assembling a massive writers room which includes Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider), Christina Hodson (Shut In), Lindsey Beer, Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Ant-Man scribes Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, Zak Penn (Pacific Rim: Uprising), and Jeff Pinkner (Lost) to come up with a long-term plan to carry on the franchise for years to come.
In a statement released on his website, Michael Bay has announced that the fifth installment in the franchise Transformers: The Last Knight will be his final entry. The director will be passing on the torch to the creative team assembled by Paramount.
I’ve been living in this franchise for over 10 years now. For Transformers: The Last Knight, we put together a writers’ room designed to greatly expand our mythology, integrating our films in a whole new way. Every movie will interlink.
It was a huge task to expand mythology from the beginning of the world throughout history. We had a great team of writers: Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind); Art Marcum & 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, Smallville); Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Lost); and Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man).
Through the summer of 2015, they worked in a huge space on the Paramount lot, surrounded by over 10,000 concept images from the franchise’s history: the movies, cartoons, and comic books. They had a life-size Bumblebee, a Megatron head, and many other props staring them down. We pulled from everything. It was a fan’s dream room.
We brought in Transformers historians from Hasbro to educate them on where Transformers has been – so that they could figure out where it can go.
I can safely say that there’s never been a Transformers film with the huge visual scope and expansive mythology as this movie, The Last Knight.
It’s bittersweet for me. With every Transformers film, I’ve said it would be my last. I see the 120 million fans around the world who see these movies, the huge theme park lines to the ride and the amazing Make- A-Wish kids that visit my sets, and it somehow keeps drawing me back. I love doing these movies. This film was especially fun to shoot. But, this time might really be it. So I’m blowing this one out.
Bay also confirmed the final chapter for him will be a new beginning for the franchise as he released the film’s official logline:
The hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.
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The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, Isabela Moner, Laura Haddock, Liam Garrigan, Jerrod Carmichael, Mitch Pileggi, Santago Cabrera, and Anthony Hopkins, with the voices of Peter Cullen and John Goodman.
Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters June 23, 2017.
Source: Michael Bay