Yesterday it was revealed that director of the Transformers franchises Michael Bay will indeed return for part 5. He reveals in a recent interview that this will be his last film and then he will be ready to pass it off to another director. Of course the director said this before after Dark of the Moon in 2011 and Age of Extinction in 2014.
From a recent excerpt with Rolling Stone the director goes onto talk about returning the franchise:
Between his producing duties and directorial work, Bay usually has a half-dozen projects going at once. Right now, in addition to 13 Hours, he’s doing post-production on the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which he’s producing and which is due in 2016, and pre-production for the next Transformers, which he’s directing for summer 2017. “I’m doing Transformers … 5, is it?” Bay says, temporarily losing track. He shakes his head. “I’ve taken on a lot of work.”
“The movie industry has really changed,” Bay says, apropos of nothing. “The middle-[budget] movie is basically gone. They just want these big movies.” (The irony of this statement goes unremarked-upon.) “Transformers, I still have a great time. It’s fun to do a movie that 100 million people will see. But this is the last one. I have to pass the reins to someone else.”
I remind Bay that he said the same thing before each of the last two Transformers movies. “I know,” he says. “J.J. [Abrams] told me, ‘You’re the only guy that could do this.’ But it’s time to move on. One more.”
It’s highly unlikely Shia LaBeouf’s ‘Sam’ will return since the human characters have been switched for Mark Wahlberg’s and Nicola Peltz ‘Cade & Tessa Yeager’.
Untitled Transformers 5 hits Summer 2017