Who’s ready for a whole lot more unintelligible action and dumb human characters?
Despite the usual critical panning that a majority of the franchise has received, Paramount continues to move forward with their live-action Transformers series. After announcing Michael Bay’s return as the director of the follow-up, fifth installment as well, the studio has revealed the release dates for the next three films in the franchise.
Starting in 2017, audiences can look forward to one Transformers film a year after that until 2019, beginning with Transformers 5 in 2017, a Bumblebee spin-off film in 2018, and Transformers 6 in 2019. News of the Bumblebee spin-off were confirmed earlier today by Tom Warner, the franchise leader for Hasbro, while speaking at a conference call for Toy Fair:
“This summer we worked closely with a talented team of A-list screenwriters to map out the future of the Transformers cinematic universe, and as Brian announced earlier, things kick off in a major way in 2017 with the release of Transformers 5 in June. And we’re working on a spin-off movie centered around Bumblebee for 2018 and the next chapter for 2019.”
Warner is of course referring to the writers room created by Paramount last year for the franchise, which featured a number of talented screenwriters and creators working together to craft new, exciting ideas for the franchise.
Transformers 5 will reportedly be the last film in the franchise directed by Bay (fingers crossed), with Age of Extinction star Mark Wahlberg expected to return as well. The film is set to open on June 23rd, 2017 against Warner Bros.’ standalone Wonder Woman film, while the Bumblebee spin-off will open a year later on June 8th, 2018, and then Transformers 6 to open on June 28th, 2019.
It is comforting to know that a lot of talented writers are having a say in these future films, but by the same token, the franchise has gone into such ridiculous almost self-parody territory with the last film especially, that I wonder how even the strongest screenwriter could bring the franchise back from well… creative extinction. The Bumblebee spin-off has some promise going for it, but depending on who’s involved behind-the-scenes on it, I don’t even have much faith in that film.
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