Michael Bay Confirmed for ‘Transformers 5’

By January 4, 2016

Ever since the powers that be over at Paramount Pictures started up a writer’s room of creatives intent on breaking and/or starting up a shared story in the Transformers Universe, many people, including myself, scratched their head and rolled their eyes. This is not a Marvel property – a monster property – or – the holy grail of them all, a Star Wars property. This is Transformers. A toy to movie franchise that has yet to receive a critical praising on the level of a Marvel or a Star Wars – jury is out on Universal’s shared monster universe. The movies have been wildly criticized for their weak stories and over reliance on special effects as the only means to tell said story.

But let’s put all that aside, the news at hand, and it comes as no surprise to anyone —  Micheal Bay, the Shepard on every Transformers’ movie since day one, is back behind the camera for a fifth entry. Subtitle still TBD but I’m voting for Transformers v The Fans.

According to a Rolling Stones profile on the director to promote his 911 Benghazi war story 13 Hours, ‘The Bay’ confirmed he will, indeed, be back for Part 5. It is actually a pretty thorough and interesting interview so I recommend checking it out.

Anyways, thanks to a chat with JJ Abrams of all people, Bay had this to say:

“I’m doing Transformers … 5, is it? J.J. [Abrams] told me, ‘You’re the only guy that could do this.’ But it’s time to move on. One more.”

One more? He said that one movie ago. I just don’t see him leaving the franchise.

I have no beef with the director; I am just not a die-hard fan of his style. To that it is more style than substance and I crave more in my blockbuster movie. JJ Abrams’ The Force Awakens is a perfect example in my opinion. Say what you will about the movie but for Abrams to capture that much lightning in a bottle, with sky high expectations on top of that – delivering the way he did, is a perfect example of how a blockbuster can be run. I wish Bay was that type of filmmaker… but, let’s face it. He’s not. And that’s okay.  Plenty of people out there that dig his style and I’m sure TF5 will make over a billion in box office receipts. Good on you Paramount.

Still no plot details on the movie… What we do know – it is set to be written by Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway and Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down); with Age of Extinction actor Mark Wahlberg returning. TF5 is set to return summer of 2017.

Make sure you check back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.


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