Aside from the first Transformers movie, nothing since then has gotten me excited for the franchise to continue. Last year’s Age of Extinction showed some promise in its trailers, but ended up being another mindless action flick that did the same things that was done in the previous films. Well, the CEO of Hasbro (Brian Goldner) has confirmed an untitled Transformers 5 film for 2017, along with plans for a shared universe featuring spin-off movies.
“Our plan with the studio and filmmakers you may have heard some writers being hired and we have in fact brought in Akiva Goldsman to lead a group of writers to really create a strategic plan around Transformers.
We think there are any number of stories to be told from the brand that has been around for 30 years with amazing canon and mythology. We would expect the sequel to the Transformers movie [TF4] to happen in 2017.”
Yay, I’m bursting full of joy over this. NOT. Okay, I’m not denying these films are a Worldwide Box Office success, but last year’s domestic (U.S.) numbers tell me that we’re getting a bit tired of watching the same old stuff. It is somewhat encouraging to hear that Paramount Pictures is putting a “brain trust” together to come up with great stories, but I need to see a very good Transformers film before I buy into this universe.
Another question that comes to mind is whether or not its a good move to bring Michael Bay back to direct a fifth film? I’m at a point where I’d prefer Neil Blomkamp to direct a Transformers movie, while Bay works on something else… say Bad Boys 3.
We’ll just have to wait and see if Paramount can properly adapt the Marvel style cinematic universe, which is what they’re going for. Don’t get me wrong I hope they can bring me something good.