After directing no less than five live action Transformers movies and planting the seeds for a bigger film universe, looks like Michael Bay is finally ready to let go the franchise on which he has managed to put his own stamp.
Funny to think that Bay once dismissed the idea of transforming robots ‘stupid.’ Nevertheless the opportunities to create something visually spectacular attracted him to the project and the mythology behind the brand has kept him coming back over and over despite the difficulty of making these movies while receiving scourge from critics and many angry “fans.” You can tell that Bay is now another fan of the Transformers.
But now, the man himself has posted a letter on his Facebook page explaining what he and the writers’ room had been working on for the future of the franchise, and how Transformers: The Last Knight is the first step into it. He also acknowledges that this time it might really be his last time as the director. Read the whole post below:
I’ve been living in this franchise for over 10 years now. For Transformers: The Last Knight, we put together a writers’ room designed to greatly expand our mythology, integrating our films in a whole new way. Every movie will interlink.
It was a huge task to expand mythology from the beginning of the world throughout history. We had a great team of writers: Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind); Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man); Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down); Zak Penn (Ready Player One); Lindsey Beer (Barbie); Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider); Christina Hodson (Bumblebee); Steven DeKnight (Daredevil, Smallville); Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Lost); and Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man).
Through the summer of 2015, they worked in a huge space on the Paramount lot, surrounded by over 10,000 concept images from the franchise’s history: the movies, cartoons, and comic books. They had a life-size Bumblebee, a Megatron head, and many other props staring them down. We pulled from everything. It was a fan’s dream room.
We brought in Transformers historians from Hasbro to educate them on where Transformers has been – so that they could figure out where it can go.
I can safely say that there’s never been a Transformers film with the huge visual scope and expansive mythology as this movie, The Last Knight.
It’s bittersweet for me. With every Transformers film, I’ve said it would be my last. I see the 120 million fans around the world who see these movies, the huge theme park lines to the ride and the amazing Make- A-Wish kids who visit my sets, and it somehow keeps drawing me back. I love doing these movies. This film was especially fun to shoot. But, this time might really be it. So I’m blowing this one out.
It’s a final chapter and a new beginning. Here’s the writers’ log line:
The hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.
While I can see some people’s issues with the films Bay makes, I can honestly say I enjoy every one of them. At the very least you can watch any Michael Bay movie and tell immediately it’s his, from the camera angles, to the way it moves, the energetic pace and the characters interactions. I’m really looking forward to The Last Knight and if it’s indeed Bay’s last Transformers movie, I hope he goes out with a bang.
Transformers: The Last Knight opens on June 23, 2017 and stars Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Isabela Moner, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro, Santiago Cabrera, Laura Haddock, Anthony Hopkins, Liam Garrigan, Jerrod Carmichael and Mitch Pileggi. Steve Jablonsky also returns to compose the score for the film, like he has done for the entire franchise. You can watch the Superbowl Spot below: