One of the biggest questions fans have heading into Transformers: The Last Knight is whether this will be Michael Bay’s final contribution to the franchise. And if so, what will the future for the toys-turned-cartoon-turned-mega-movie-franchise be?
A possibility suggested by ScreenRant is that The Last Knight will be a springboard for a number of spin-off films, taking major cues from Marvel and even Star Wars.
It’s all part of a long-term plan to implement a Marvel-style shared cinematic universe to take advantage of a series that’s only been growing in popularity and international appeal. And they’re doing this with a massive writers room of top Hollywood talent who were assembled to pitch ideas of vastly expanding universe.
Paramount Pictures, which holds the film rights from toymaker Hasbro, obviously has no plans to slow the franchise down. Transformers in 2007 had a massive global box office haul of $708.3 million, followed by another $836.5 million from 2011’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Since then, however, the Transformers franchise has been consistent at pulling in at least $1 billion, even if its domestic popularity wanes. Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 2011 and Transformers: Age of Extinction in 2014 each earned $1.1 billion globally. Each.
That has brought the whole franchise box office to just under $4 billion in just four movies. The Last Knight is expected to do similar box office when it’s released in June. So there’s hope that both a Bumblebee spin-off in 2018 and a main franchise sequel in 2019 will continue to fill the coffers Paramount so desperately needs.
But when will Paramount will start expanding? According to producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, it will start as early as The Last Knight.
“There’s probably, in a really meaningful way, two or three things in this movie that really have a meaningful aspect in terms of it, and then there’s a bunch of little things. But we’re not making this movie to set up the other movies.
“That’s what I’m trying to say. If you get too carried away with that, you stop thinking about this movie.”
Paramount just released a new trailer for the film this past week, which stars Anthony Hopkins and Mark Wahlberg among others. And it really could be a sign of much, much more to come.
“It’s opening up the universe in a way, I think, in a way it’s probably the most provocative in terms of the movie. It’s opening a really large universe of what Transformers is, and where they’ve come from, and how we relate to them, and how they relate to themselves.”
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