Rumor of the day: Transformers franchise getting rebooted

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Feb 16, 2018

The current screen incarnation of the Autobots and Decepticons may be coming to an end, and rumor has it the entire universe could be primed for a total reboot in the coming years.

According to a report from Transformer World (via Collider), Hasbro allegedly announced during its investor preview at the 2018 Toy Fair in New York that the Transformers film franchise is going to get a complete overhaul, meaning that last year's Transformers: The Last Knight will mark the end of the current run of films and that a proposed Transformers 6 will be abandoned, with the upcoming Bumblebee to be the last iteration of this particular version of the universe.

None of this has been made officially public by either Hasbro or Paramount, the toy titan's partner on the Transformers movies, although as of now it appears that Transformers 6 has been taken off the studio's schedule. This probably also means the end of Michael Bay's involvement as well after he directed all five of the movies in the series so far, which have earned more than $4 billion worldwide.

According to Transformer World, Hasbro's presentation made it clear that "a new team at Paramount will reset the Transformers Live-Action Movie Series following the release of Bumblebee: The Movie," with Hasbro also hammering out a revamped deal with Paramount that gives the company more creative control of whatever movies are developed going forward.

Despite reports of Hasbro scaling back its movie output, a Hasbro/Paramount slate displayed during the presentation listed five upcoming projects, with Bumblebee arriving on December 21 of this year, a new G.I. Joe film and Micronauts coming in 2020, plus Dungeons & Dragons and an untitled "Paramount/Hasbro event film" due out in 2021. The latter could be the first in the new Transformers series, which means it will be three more years before a new Transformers blockbuster hits theaters.

The Bay era of Transformers was certainly a divisive one: While the movies made a ton of money around the world (all except The Last Knight, the lowest-grossing in the series), fans were split over Bay's fast and loose handling of the mythology and bombastic filmmaking style. Critics hated the movies outright and, let's face it, there wasn't always a lot to like there outside of the robot fights, even when you could make sense of what was going on.

SYFY WIRE's inquiries to Paramount were not answered at the time of this writing, but we'll update with any official comment. In the meantime, do you think it's time to reboot Transformers? Who would you like to see write, direct, and star, and what stories should they tell?