Michael Bay is almost universally hated, if you believe everything you read online (but choose to ignore the box office receipts).  His movies, such as those in the Transformers franchise, are always released against horrible reviews and there are many a fanboy who has credited Bay for destroying the memories of their childhood.  Thanks to a new quote from USA Today, these fanboys may have a reason to celebrate today.


According to USA Today, Michael Bay may be looking to pass the Transformers torch onto a new director:

Bay, 49, believes he will pass the baton for future Transformer movies to a new director while he turns his focus elsewhere.

What can be more important to Bay, considering the Tansformers franchise is a critic-proof money machine that is harder to kill than Megatron?  Elephants, that’s what:

“There’s kind of a new chapter, a new direction in movies I want to make,” says Bay, who is eyeing a passion project, a documentary on elephant poaching. “I have a lot of stories to tell. And it’s about flexing new muscles.”


So, how does Transfomers producer Lorenzo diBonaventura have to say about all this?  /Film was able to grab his thoughts on the subject:

I wouldn’t wanna be [the filmmaker who tapes over], but there will be somebody. I think the opportunity’s too great. My suspicion is, without having thought really about it at all, cause I really want Michael to return, I think Michael’s found the right mix for this franchise. So the sense of humor, obviously the scale. The invention that’s going on, all these things he really likes and clearly has found a way to continue to top himself.

But, you know, I guess if you had to think about who would be the next one, my guess is it would be somebody who probably was a kid who watched the show as a kid because then they’ll have a fundamental understanding of the D.N.A. in a way. And are able to bring that thing that you have when you’ve grown up with it. It sinks into you in a different way.

The Transformers movies have made billions of dollars and the latest entry in the franchise, Age of Extinction, has already earned over $1b worldwide and it was released only months ago.  In short, there is no sign that the franchise is running out of steam, even if the director behind the blockbusters may be.

Before anyone gets too excited, it is important to remember that Bay was rumored to be giving up the reins before Age of Extinction and we all know how that turned out.  It’s important to take this news with a healthy grain of salt until we get official word on who will be behind the lens for the inevitable Transformers 5.

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