With production continuing on Transformers 5, the franchise's Facebook page debuted a new video that shows some of the Autobots in action. The video doesn't show much, but we get to see Bumblebee, Drift and Crosshairs rolling out. While that video will have to tide you over as far as footage is concerned, franchise producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura recently made a bold statement about the franchise at large, that has no plans of slowing down.
Shortly after the Facebook video debuted, Lorenzo di Bonaventura spoke with The Hollywood Reporter, to promote his new film Deepwater Horizon, in theaters September 30, when the talk eventually turned to the Transformers franchise. The producer has signed on for three more Transformers movies, and a spin-off centering on one of the most beloved Autobots, Bumblebee, which lead to him being asked if he was worried about "franchise fatigue," in light of several sequels tanking at the box office this summer. Here's what he had to say, stating that this franchise isn't going anywhere.
"Transformers 19 - we'll be talking about that 10 years from now. (Laughs.) But I'm glad they believe in the franchise. I don't want to pick on any movie [this summer], so I would say this: The quality of the sequel is very important, and if you fail at the quality, you're going to fail. It's funny, though, because when I first got in the business 25 years ago, there was a summer where all the sequels didn't do well. And everybody said, 'No more sequels.' And here we are 25 years later with a hell of a lot of sequels."
After Transformers 5 hits theaters on June 23, 2017, Paramount will debut a Bumblebee spin-off on June 8, 2018, followed by Transformers 6 on June 28, 2019. These movies were developed by a massive writer's room, that assembled under Akiva Goldsman. Transformers: The Last Knight writers Art Marcum, Matt Holloway and Ken Nolan were part of this team, along with Steven S. DeKnight, Robert Kirkman, Zak Penn, Jeff Pinkner, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, Christina Hodson, Lindsey Beers and Geneva Robertson-Dorsett. Michael Bay helped oversee the writers room, along with Steven Spielberg, Hasbro's Brian Goldner and producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian and Don Murphy.
Transformers 5 will put a new twist on the franchise, with the sequel recently bringing aboard Liam Garrigan as King Arthur and Santiago Cabrera as the iconic wizard Merlin. There had been rumors that this sequel would somehow connect to medieval times, with recent set photos showcasing actors in armor, riding on horseback, but we still don't have any official plot details quite yet. Take a look at the new video below from the set of Transformers: The Last Knight with the Autobots in action.