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.
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 June 2016 production start.
The writers room lead by Akiva Goldsman was tasked this summer to come 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.
Mark Wahlberg has also been confirmed to reprise his Transformers: Age of Extinction 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. Another project developed in the writers room is an animated spinoff called Cybertron, written by Ant-Man writers Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari. Do you have any theories about the crash-landed alien ship or the dump-truck Transformer in Transformers 5?