Depending on your overall enjoyment of the Transformers franchise, the following news will either be music to your ears or high pitched white noise. Speaking at MIP Junior, Hasbro Studios President Stephen Davis revealed that they have planned out the next ten years worth of Transformers sequels.
Earlier this year Universal appointed writer Akiva Goldsman the head of a Transformers think tank to map out ideas for sequels and spin-offs. Boasting an impressive line-up that includes Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Steven DeKnight (Daredevil) and Zak Penn (X-Men), they set about plotting the future of the expanding franchise. There have already been discussions of a Cybertron set prequel, but the next entry will be a direct continuation from Age of Extinction with Mark Wahlberg leading the humanoid cast.
“We decided we wanted to plot out the next ten years of the Transformers franchise, and so we got together in a room over a three-month period of time. Nine of some of the most creative writers I have ever worked with, shepherded by Akiva Goldsman, who many of you may know won an Academy Award for ‘A Beautiful Mind’ and written a bunch of really great movies, they plotted out the next 10 years of Transformers…Transformers 5 is on the way. And 6 and 7 and 8.“
Regardless of the scathing critical response to the franchise, Transformers continues to pack them at the multiplexes with last year’s Age of Extinction notching up $1.1 billion at the box office. Interestingly, the domestic haul was well below previous instalments taking $254 million. While it feels crazy to say that this massive sum of money was a disappointment, the franchise high was Revenge of the Fallen in 2009 taking $452 million in the US alone. Thanks to a huge overseas theatrical run, Age of Extinction wound up the second highest grossing in the franchise.
Director Michael Bay is finishing up his latest non-Transformers movie in the form of action thriller 13 Hours. While he has yet to confirm if he will be back for Transformers 5, I would be very surprised if the bombastic filmmakers will pass on what will be a very handsome offer from Paramount. Personally, I would rather Bay went back to the Bad Boys franchise as Sony are planning two more sequels, possibly without Will Smith.
Transformers 5 is due for release summer 2017.