Every time director Michael Bay goes to make a new Transformers movie, he claims it will be his last. He stated this before directing 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon. And then, he made the same claim after eventually agreeing to direct 2014's Transformers: Age of Extinction. Today, has confirmed that he will once again reluctantly return to direct Transformers 5. And, true to form, he claims it will be his last. But will it really? During an interview with Rolling Stone, the director solidified his involvement in Transformers 5, adding that he's definitely ready to move on from the blockbuster franchise.
"I'm doing Transformers ... 5, is it? I've taken on a lot of work. Transformers, I still have a great time. It's fun to do a movie that 100 million people will see. But this is the last one. I have to pass the reins to someone else. J.J. [Abrams] told me, 'You're the only guy that could do this.' But it's time to move on. One more."
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.
Hasbro also recently confirmed that Transformers 6, Transformers 7 and Transformers 8 are happening, but no concrete release details were given. We also know that another project developed in the writers room is an animated spinoff called Cybertron, written by Ant-Man writers Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari. Are you glad that Michael Bay is coming back for Transformers 5?