Next 'Transformers' is Michael Bay's Last & Sets Up Franchise Future
Just in case you weren't aware, a new Transformers experience has arrived in the form of a 3D theme park ride at Universal Studios. The $100 million ride opened on May 24th, and those who were around for the grand opening have been ranting and raving about it. Meanwhile, audiences who aren't venturing to the theme park this year are eagerly anticipating a fourth installment in the film franchise directed by Michael Bay, who was confirmed to return for another sequel in February. However, Hero Complex has word from Bay that this fourth installment will be his last in the franchise, and he intends to pass the torch.
In a big rundown on the new theme park attraction, there's a brief blurb about the impending sequel:
There’s plenty more Transformer action to come with a major new video game release, “Transformers: Fall of Cybertron,” due in August and another Bay movie in the works. (The director, by the way, says that the fourth film will include some redesign of the robots and an entirely new cast. He also said it will be his last and set the franchise up “for the next guy.”)
Now, we've known about the new cast for awhile now as Shia LaBeouf has been confirmed to sit this one out, and other cast members like Josh Duhamel may not return either. Bay even said that this sequel would serve as a franchise reboot. However, this is the first word from Bay saying that he's setting up the franchise to be handed off to a new director, likely to round out another trilogy. Of course, no potential names were mentioned to replace Bay after this last sequel from the director of Armageddon and The Rock, but there's always a chance Bay could flip-flop yet again. Before he was confirmed for this fourth film, Bay had denied any involvement with the sequel at all until Paramount Pictures seemingly made him an offer he couldn't refuse. Honestly though, I'd like to see someone else take on the franchise and play around with the Autbots and Decepticons in a new way. How about you?