Bay is Directing 'Transformers 5' Then He's Really, Truly Moving On

January 5, 2016
Source: Rolling Stone

Michael Bay - Transformers

Add another sequel onto the pile for 2017. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, filmmaker Michael Bay admitted he's finally going to finish up and move on from the Transformers series after he directs yet another one. The next one up is Transformers 5, due out sometime in 2017, with over 8 different writers credited on the screenplay so far including Zak Penn, Jeff Pinkner and Akiva Goldsman. The interview with Bay covers his career with a focus on his most recent film, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, but he does chat about Transformers a few times, hinting that he's directing #5, then he will (probably) move on.

Here's the specific quotes, which come from a few different places in the interview (found via SlashFilm):

Bay spilled the beans in an interview with Rolling Stone: "I'm doing Transformers … 5, is it?" He later continued: "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 Bay's quote triggers some déjà vu, it's not just you. Bay expressed similar sentiments after Transformers: Dark of the Moon (the third film) and Transformers: Age of Extinction (the fourth and most recent film). "I know," admitted Bay. "J.J. [Abrams] told me, 'You're the only guy that could do this.' But it's time to move on. One more."

In fact, Bay is already working on the new Transformers. At one point, he says. "I've taken on a lot of work." They add: "he's doing post-production on the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which he's producing and which is due in 2016, and pre-production for the next Transformers, which he's directing for summer 2017" all the while finishing up 13 Hours." Later it's mentioned that Bay linked up with people at ILM working on robot designs. "They show Bay an underwater rendering of a crash-landed alien spaceship, then a new dump-truck Transformer with a cloak. Neither are up to snuff. 'Boy, I've got a lot of work to do,' Bay says, shaking his head. 'I better finish this fucking 13 Hours movie.' He thanks ILM and kills the video link, then turns to me. 'It's not good when I'm not involved.'" A small slice of what it's like to work with Michael Bay.

If you're now in the mood for a brand new, action-packed, explosion-filled Michael Bay movie, well you're in luck. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi opens in theaters everywhere starting January 15th later this month. After that, he'll head right into directing Transformers 5, which will join the epic 2017 line-up.

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Reader Feedback - 18 Comments


Haha....really? As long as the studio is willing to increase his salary, Bay is going to make more of these golden turds.

DAVIDPD on Jan 5, 2016


No thanks

theslayer5150 on Jan 5, 2016


I like them.

OfficialJab on Jan 5, 2016


hahahaa...yeah...REALLY this time

Have Hope on Jan 5, 2016


Can we just not have a 5 and focus on a better reboot instead?

Jonathan on Jan 5, 2016


My thoughts exactly

Cyberdine on Jan 6, 2016


Hasbro needs to keep selling toys, so, if is not Bay, another one will keep milking this.

capitandelespacio on Jan 6, 2016


The Transformers:Animated, :Prime, and Generations movies are all selling rather nicely, without Bay attached in any way. As long as there's *something* TF on the airwaves, the toys -and comics (MTMTE is one of the best for 2015 on several sites) - will continue to sell.

VAharleywitch on Jan 6, 2016


I feel like episodes 1-4 are the same movie...

TheOct8pus on Jan 6, 2016


I already pass on this

Joker's hideout on Jan 6, 2016


I used to watch these as guilty pleasures, but there is no pleasure in them any more.

Carpola on Jan 6, 2016


Like after the 1st one?

Cyberdine on Jan 7, 2016


I think the first one was the only one I actually watched properly. 🙂

Carpola on Jan 7, 2016


Let me guess.. its gonna be a recut of The Island with transformers in top of those clips, like you allready did BAY ? 😀 Nice one! I like you! So enviromental with all the reuse!

ErrorSapiens on Jan 6, 2016


More godawful scripts and deviated story lines? More autobot and decepticons that look nothing like their origin? More cheesy dialogue? No thanks. This will be the worst one yet cause I can almost guarantee that he will introduce Unicron and unforgivably and completely botch him up. This franchise should have ended after 3 so that someone else could have rebooted it.

Cyberdine on Jan 7, 2016


"But this is the last one. I have to pass the reins to someone else." I'd take this with a grain of salt, but Bay ran out of salt years ago.

Akirakorn on Jan 8, 2016


I dont get why people are hating on the transformers movies if you dont like them dont see them just so you can rant about what you didnt like constantly, I personally love all of the transformers movies and i am not ashamed to say that

ryan on Jan 21, 2016


Do you listen to Nickelback as well?

ajone on Feb 8, 2016

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