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Michael Bay Says 'Transformers 4' Is His Last Film In The Series & Sets It Up "For The Next Guy" To Take Over

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 6, 2012 2:12 PM
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They say death and taxes are the only two things certain in life, but it seems you can toss "Transformers" movies into the mix. Quality of the movies aside, the series has been a financial juggernaut, bringing in over $2.6 billion worldwide at the box office and that's not even counting the various marketing tie-ins and god knows what else that have boosted the bottom line. And it's not a big shock that Paramount wants to keep the good times rolling transforming. They already bagged Michael Bay to return -- again -- to make explosions and it seems they're already planning for a future beyond.

With Transformers: The Ride now open at Disney's California Adventure, Hero Complex has used the opportunity to get a minor update on where the franchise is going. Bay has confirmed with them that "Transformers 4" will be his last time with the robots, but adds that unlike Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises," his movie will be set up “for the next guy.” So if you've got a hankering to direct "Transformers 5," might as well starting getting that sizzle reel and CV ready, and call your agent.

Basically it boils down to this: as long as people keep buying tickets for the movies and going to the rides and snapping up the toys, Hasbro and Paramount will keep the gravy train rolling. It's business, not art, and in that sense, who can blame them? But of course, before any of this can happen, a new lead will have to be found as Shia LaBeouf has moved on. In fact, Bay says that it will have an "entirely new cast" so any hopes you had of a Josh Duhamel led franchise movie are now crushed, sorry.

"Transformers 4" hits theaters on June 29, 2014.

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  • Connor | June 9, 2012 5:32 PMReply

    Maybe a decent director can make this series bareable.

  • Mr Anonymous | June 6, 2012 4:38 PMReply

    So Michael Bay says Transformers 4 is the last film in the series for him, but none of the original cast from Transformers 1-3 are appearing in this last film of the series. Yeah, that really makes sense! Continuity! Continuity please!

  • CCLFACE | June 6, 2012 4:35 PMReply

    So is he going out with a big bang then? No wait, he's allready done that three times.. -.-'

  • STFU | June 6, 2012 2:53 PMReply

    Why are you doing another one? You shouldn't have been allowed to even do one.

  • Mb | June 21, 2012 11:58 PM

    You guys kill me. Why do you expect? It is a movie about a robot war. Of course it is all action with a few jokes. How else are you going to make it. Obviously 2.7 billion dollars later they did something right. I happen to be a fan. I know what i am going to get. If i wanted to watch a drama, and sometimes I do, then I go to one. I personally can't wait to see Tf4 and my son who I watch them with is on board. If you don't like the movies don't go. Something tells me you secretly do. Bay, Speilberg and the boys will appreciate your money when you go see it. We all know you will be there. For all the critics out there, why don't you start by making a film that pulls in so much as a single dollar before you throw stones.

  • Right.... | June 6, 2012 2:36 PMReply

    We've sure heard that before.

  • owdl114 | June 6, 2012 2:33 PMReply

    From a while back but still relevant:

  • grovercandle | June 6, 2012 2:23 PMReply

    Transformers: The Ride now open Universal Studios

  • Sara | June 6, 2012 2:18 PMReply

    Look, I watched the 3 films, because was like a cycle. But one more?? and from Michael Bay?? -_-"

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