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‘Transformers 5’ Begins Shooting in May

‘Transformers 5’ Begins Shooting in May

Back in September, we reported that the Transformers writers room had completed their work. It was originally thought that Transformers 5 would start shooting in June of this year, with Paramount aiming for a summer 2017 release date. Now that Michael Bay has been confirmed to direct, it seems production has been moved up slightly, with My Entertainment World reporting that shooting is now set to begin in May, although no specific shooting locations were mentioned.

We reported in November that Ken Nolan and the writing team of Art Marcum & Matt Holloway will take over the Transformers 5 writing duties from Akiva Goldsman, who oversaw the writers room. Akiva Goldsman was originally set to write Transformers 5 himself, but he was brought on to oversee new writers rooms for G.I. Joe 3 and Micronauts, making him unavailable to write Transformers 5. It isn't known how far along the new writers are on the script yet, or if this change will affect the production start.

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Michael Bay Teases ‘Transformers 5’ Underwater Scene & New Character

Michael Bay Teases ‘Transformers 5’ Underwater Scene & New Character

Last summer, Paramount and Hasbro put together a group of writers to come up with ideas for Transformers 5, along with future sequels and spinoffs, with Michael Bay slated to direct, despite stating that Transformers: Age of Extinction would be his last movie in the franchise. Today, the director confirmed that he is coming back to direct Transformers 5, claiming that this new project will, in fact, be his last time at the helm of a Transformers movie. While no official story details have been given yet, a new profile on Michael Bay from Rolling Stone reveals some interesting new details.

During the magazine's time with the filmmaker, they were on hand for a video conference call with Industrial Light and Magic, where the director was shown, "an underwater rendering of a crash-landed alien spaceship, then a new dump-truck Transformer with a cloak." No specific details were given for either this alien spaceship or the dump-truck Transformer, but the director didn't seem pleased with the images he was shown. It's possible that this dump-truck could be Long Haul, a Decepticon who appeared in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, but that character never had a cloak. It was confirmed in September that Transformers 5 will start production in June 2016, with Paramount eyeing a summer 2017 release date.

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Michael Bay Will Direct ‘Transformers 5’

Michael Bay Will Direct ‘Transformers 5’

Last spring, it was revealed that Paramount and Hasbro were putting together a writers room, lead by Akiva Goldsman, with a group of writers coming up with ideas for Transformers 5, along with future spinoffs and sequels. The writers room also included Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2), Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man), Christina Hodson, Lindsey Beers, Ken Nolan and Geneva Robertson-Dorsett. Michael Bay helped oversee the writers room, along with Steven Spielberg, Hasbro's Brian Goldner and producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian and Don Murphy.

Akiva Goldsman was originally set to write the script for Transformers 5, with a report from September revealing that production will begin this June. However, back in November, Paramount and Hasbro formed a new writers room for G.I. Joe 3 and Micronauts, lead by Akiva Goldsman, which means he won't be available to write Transformers 5. Ken Nolan and the writing team of Art Marcum & Matt Holloway will now take over the writing duties on Transformers 5. Transformers: Age of Extinction star Mark Wahlberg is returning to reprise his role as Cade Yeager, but it isn't known if Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor will be back as Cade's daughter Tessa, and her boyfriend Shane Dyson. There has also been a rumor that Transformers 5 will be the last movie featuring Optimus Prime.

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Director Michael Bay May Pass on ‘Transformers 5’

Director Michael Bay May Pass on ‘Transformers 5’

It should be noted that Michael Bay has a long history of claiming he is "done" with the Transformers franchise, before eventually coming back. Whether or not he comes back for Transformers 5 remains to be seen, but the earlier report claimed that shooting will begin in June, with Transformers: Age of Extinction star Mark Wahlberg reprising his role as Cade Yeager. It is believed that Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor will reprise their roles as Tessa Yeager and Shane Dyson, but that hasn't been confirmed.

The writers room that convened this summer not only created ideas for Transformers 5, but other ideas for future Transformers sequels and spinoffs. The writers room is lead by Akiva Goldsman and includes Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2), Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man), Christina Hodson, Lindsey Beers, Ken Nolan and Geneva Robertson-Dorsett.

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Michael Bay's ‘13 Hours’ Trailer Starring John Krasinski

Michael Bay's ‘13 Hours’ Trailer Starring John Krasinski

Director Michael Bay takes us inside a harrowing 2012 terrorist attack with the first two trailers for 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Paramount Pictures has actually released two full-length trailers simultaneously, a red band trailer and an all-ages trailer which is 9 seconds shorter than the age-restricted version. The red band trailer features some R-rated language, so watch at your own risk.

13 Hours is based on the book of the same name by Mitchell Zuckoff, which chronicles dual terrorist attacks on the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya, which took place on September 11, 2012. The adaptation follows six U.S. soldiers who fought back against the terrorists in the attack, which claimed the lives of U.S. Ambassador Christopher J. Stevens, a foreign service worker and two contract workers. These six men went far beyond the call of duty that day, and now the true story of their heroism will be told on the big screen.

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Michael Bay Directing Sci-Fi Adaptation ‘Time Salvager’

Michael Bay Directing Sci-Fi Adaptation ‘Time Salvager’

Michael Bay is attached to direct the sci-fi thriller ‘Time Salvager’, centering on a time-travelling group trying to save the Earth.
‘Ninja Turtles 2’: Michael Bay Unveils 2 New Vehicles

‘Ninja Turtles 2’: Michael Bay Unveils 2 New Vehicles

Producer Michael Bay offers a sneak peek at ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2’ with a first look at the Brothers' garbage truck and the Polaris Slingshot.
Michael Bay Cuts Controversial ‘Project Almanac’ Scene

Michael Bay Cuts Controversial ‘Project Almanac’ Scene

Producer Michael Bay explains why he cut a two-second shot in ‘Project Almanac’ that used footage from an actual B-52 crash in 1994.