Transformers director Michael Bay may once again return to helm another installment of the blockbuster franchise after all.
The director who launched the franchise based on the popular Hasbro toy line has made it somewhat of a tradition hinting that each of the last several Transformers films would be his last but in February Bay announced on his website that the upcoming installment of the franchise Transformers: The Last Knight would be his final entry as director.
While speaking to MTV at CinemaCon, Bay was reluctant to confirm once again that The Last Knight would be his final Transformers film. After he dropped the bombshell that the writer’s room Paramount assembled currently has fourteen stories in development, which Bay also confirmed at the recent preview event in London, the director added that he is interested in helming one of the spin-offs:
“I would like to do one of them though. A Transformers spin-off.”
Considering Bay teasing the last few films would be his last, it wouldn’t come as a great surprise if he did return for a spin-off, especially since he himself said that the franchise keeps drawing him back in on his website but after 10 years it could also be beneficial to the studio to bring in new blood to help expand the franchise with the spin-offs they have in development.
So far, the studio has hired Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight to direct the Bumblebee spin-off written by Christina Hodson (Shut In).
As of now, Transformers: The Last Knight will be Bay’s final entry in the franchise unless announced otherwise. The Last Knight follows Mark Wahlberg’s Cade Yeager and the Dinobots that Bay introduced in Age of Extinction as it explores the mythology of the Transformers creation and plants easter eggs for future installments of the franchise.
The film also stars Isabela Moner, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Stanley Tucci, Laura Haddock, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Santiago Cabrera, Jerrod Carmichael, Liam Garrigan, Peter Cullen and John Goodman. Here’s the official synopsis:
“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 (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).
There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.”
Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters June 23, 2017.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the Transformers franchise as we learn it.
Saturday Morning Cartoons That Could Make Successful Movies
If the Smurfs or Transformers movies have taught us anything, old Saturday morning cartoons are the new grade-A meat for the movie studios. Cartoons can be turned into animated movies, just look at the success of the Spongebob Squarepants movies, but they can also make successful live-action adaptations. Well, with Power Rangers coming out soon, an idea so silly it might as well have been a Saturday morning cartoon it’s time for studio execs to take a look at some of these hidden classics. There’s clearly a lot of money to be made adapting beloved children franchises.
I want to point out a key word to all of you guys in case you get mad at my list. I don’t necessarily know if all of these cartoons could make good movies, but I’m pretty sure they could turn a profit and be considered successful. Some of these can be enjoyable and they’re ones you might not necessarily expect. If I forgot about your favorite Saturday morning cartoon, head to the comment section and let me know!
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