Although we already knew more Transformers movies, including an animated prequel, are on the way, it looks like Hasbro and Paramount have much, much, bigger plans for the robots in disguise in the coming years.
As is the norm for most Hollywood franchises nowadays, Paramount is hard at work establishing a Transformers shared universe, at least more so than the 4 existing movies establish. Specifics on whether these plans involve spin-offs, sequels, prequels, or a reboot altogether has not been officially clarified yet, but Hasbro has confirmed it is actively planning on releasing at least 4 more Transformers movies in the next decade.
Michael Bay will be involved initially, but it remains to be seen if he will continue in a large capacity beyond Transformers 5, but the franchise will move forward with, or without him. Stephen Davis recently gave the keynote address at the MIP Junior conference, where he shed some light on the progress of the new Transformers story group:
“So, we got together in a room over a three-month period of time with nine of some of the most creative writers I have ever worked with shepherded by Akiva Goldsman, who many of you may know won an Academy Award for A Beautiful Mind and has written a bunch of really great movies. And they plotted out the next ten years of Transformers… So stay tuned: Transformers 5 is on its way.. and 6 and 7 and 8.”
This news will undoubtedly receive a mixed response, as the series has been fairly polarizing thus far, but many may find hope in the fact that those at the helm of the box-office behemoth franchise are thinking ahead.
Obviously, there will be a lot more Transformers news available in the future, so we”ll be sure to keep you posted as it comes!
Transformers 5 is anticipated to arrive in 2017