Transformers: Age of Extinction was supposed to right the wrongs of the blockbuster franchise, with Michael Bay promising something different. He claimed it would be a better movie. That didn't quite turn out as planned. While Transformers 4 has it's moments, it is the lowest earning movie in the series, and the lowest rated as well. People hated this latest installment, even though it was meant to be a reboot with all new characters, a new setting, and a smaller, more intimate band of Autobots. Heck, it even introduced the Dinobots. But that did little to shake fans out of their explosion-induced coma. These monstrous metal beasts came in too late in a movie that was already over stuffed with insanity. So, with Transformers: The Last Knight, Paramount is going to try once again to make something that is awesome, amazing, and everything we'd want in a Transformers movie. They even set up a writers' room to accommodate the impending adventure, not unlike you'd see on any popular TV show.
What came from this was the confirmation of several more movies, with the first beinging titled Transformers: The Last Knight. While Academy award winning writer Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner were first in charge of procurring the screenplay, the final script is coming from Iron Man writers Art Marcum & Matt Holloway, with Black Hawk Down writer Ken Nolan also contributing. The sequel will shoot throughout the summer of 2016 with things kicking off in Cuba. Though, no official story details have been shared yet. While we know precious little about how this movie will resurrect and begin to set the ship right, there is a lot that we already know. And it is likely that a great deal of this next adventure will take place in space, and help set up the impending spinoffs.
Transformers is an anomaly as a franchise. The movies keep getting bigger, and the reviews keep getting worse. It was a downhill slide from the first movie released in 2007, which was greeted well by fans. But not so much by critics. It was a fun ride full of typical Michael Bay action and explosions, meant to set up a new trilogy. It had the iconic transforming robots out in full force. And it was hard to imagine how Paramount would ever top it in a sequel. The film earned a decent $319 million in the states, with a global haul of $709.7 million, making it the third highest grossing movie of that year. The next installment breezed through cinemaplexes like a tsunami, giving audiences everything but the kitchen sink. It was one of the most bonkers kids movies ever released, complete with jive talking robots and hot girls in cutoff shorts and tank-tops. It was literally a non-stop roller coaster ride plucked out of an amusement park from Hell. But fans were less than thrilled. And critics tore it apart. That didn't stop Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen from becoming the second highest grossing movie of 2009, just behind Avatar. It did better than it's predessessor, pulling in a domestic total of $402.1 million, and a worldwide gross of $836.3 million. Because it pulled in truckloads of money, there was no question that this would expand past three films as originally planned.
A video came from the official Transformers Twitter account stating that worldwide debut of the first Transformers 5 trailer would be unveiled on December 16, 2016, with the release of Star Wars: Rogue One. Director Michael Bay had this to from the set of the film:
"I want to tell you, because I've been reading you comments, the teaser is coming. December 16th on Star Wars. So look forward to it."
Then came Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Michael Bay tried to pull back on the excess, but that left a somewhat deflated movie. No one on screen looked like they wanted to be there. And Megan Fox wasn't, replaced by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley after comparing Michael Bay to Hitler. The movie was, dare we say, a tad on the boring side? That didn't stop it from becoming one of the biggest earners of 2011. It couldn't top Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, but it did pull in a respectable $352 million to become the second highest grossing movie of that year, just behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2. Even so, it was time for a change and everyone knew it. Michael Bay threatened he wasn't coming back. And maybe that would have been for the better. Transformers: Age of Extinction, which arrived three years later, earned far less than the original, the lowest earning film up until that point. But what went wrong? And will Paramount be able to set a course correction for the next installment. Well, here's what we know so far.
It seems like since the first movie, Michael Bay has been threatening not to return. Though, it's unclear who those threats are aimed against. While director Michael Bay is great at what he does, and has an undeniable style that is all his own, many fans are deeply yearning to see what another filmmaker might be able to do with this property. That is definitely going to happen. But not soon. It has been confirmed that the man will be back to helm The Last Knight, even though Michael Bay himself previously said he was done. Which means we may just get more of the same. The only saving grace is that Paramount has pulled together an epic ensemble of writers who are not only working to create a shared universe, but also a storyline for Transformers 5 that will play directly into that. Though, even with a better script, there is no getting around the fact that Transformers 5 is going to look, sound and feel a whole lot like Parts 1-4 if Michael Bay directs. Just look at Pain & Gain, Bad Boys II or Pearl Harbor. One quick glance, and you know the same madman is responsible for all of them. Before setting off on T5 in the summer of 2016, Bay shot the well-recieved if not commercially successful 13 Hours, his true-life Benghazi movie about six members of a security team who fought to defend the American diplomatic compound after an attack of Islamist militants. It certainly appeared to be a palate cleanser. And may make for a refreshed artist ready to perform at the top of his game. Of course, the same thing was thought about the Coen Brothers inspired 'indie' Pain & Gain before he moved into Transformers: Age of Extinction. That just made for a weirder movie. Will 13 Hours cause Michael Bay to be more war cautious? We could get a film that takes its explosions and deaths a little more seriously. We know the movie will still have a war element, since he is confirmed to be bringing back Josh Duhamel's Lennox and may also bring back Tyrese Gibson as Epps. And it's said that this time out, Bay will be pulling some of his inspiration directly from the Star Wars movies.