It’s an answer to a question no one cares about, but is Michael Bay going to be coming back to the Transformers universe to direct the as-yet-untitled fifth film in the franchise? Transformers 5 will surely be the pride and joy (for critics to crap on) in the summer of 2017, and at this point, it’s hard to imagine the film without the signature Bay-hem that Michael has brought to the billion-dollar series over four movies now. Well, good news, because it turns out we won’t have to imagine a Transformers without Bay, at least for one more entry anyway. But make no mistake, Bay says this is it, and believe him, this “this is it” is it!
While talking to Rolling Stone about his upcoming movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, which is based on a book about the 2012 terrorist attack on the Libyan embassy that killed four, Bay discussed his next project, the fifth film in the Transformers series.
“I’m doing Transformers … 5, is it?” he said, getting off to a positive start. I guess all those criticisms about the Transformers movies being the same have some validation if even the director can’t tell them apart. “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.”
If that at all sounds familiar, you’re right, Bay previously said in 2011 and 2014 that Dark of the Moon and Age of Extinction respectively would be his final Transformers films. “I know,” Bay confessed. “J.J. [Abrams] told me, ‘You’re the only guy that could do this.’ But it’s time to move on. One more.”
We’ll get confirmation on that as soon as the studio announces Transformers 6. As for the fifth film, it is currently being prepped for a 2017 release. Mark Wahlberg will return as Human Male Lead 2.0 in a script by Ken Nolan, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway, courtesy of the Transformers writers room.
13 Hours, meanwhile, will be in theaters everywhere on January 15.