Michael Bay has written a farewell letter to the Transformers franchise

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May 2, 2017, 3:26 PM EDT (Updated)

Against all logic, Michael Bay's Transformers movies continue to be one of the biggest franchises on the planet. Now, it looks like he's finally ready to pass the torch.

Bay has posted an open letter looking back at his time with the franchise, and it certainly sounds like he's getting ready to hang up his TNT plunger. Back in 2015, the studio put together a star-studded writers' room to generate ideas to keep the franchise going for the next several years. Now, it sounds like Bay is almost ready to let those folks take over.

Check out an excerpt from his full statement below:

"I've been living in this franchise for over 10 years now. For Transformers: The Last Knight, we put together a writers' room designed to greatly expand our mythology, integrating our films in a whole new way. Every movie will interlink … I can safely say that there's never been a Transformers film with the huge visual scope and expansive mythology as this movie, The Last Knight

It's bittersweet for me. With every Transformers film, I've said it would be my last. I see the 120 million fans around the world who see these movies, the huge theme park lines to the ride and the amazing Make- A-Wish kids who visit my sets, and it somehow keeps drawing me back. I love doing these movies. This film was especially fun to shoot. But, this time might really be it. So I'm blowing this one out."

As Bay notes, the list of new writers includes Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind); Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man); Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down); Zak Penn (Ready Player One); Lindsey Beer (Barbie); Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider); Christina Hodson (Bumblebee); Steven DeKnight (Daredevil); Jeff Pinkner (Lost); and Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man).

Bay promises his next (and last?) Transformers film The Last Knight will be the biggest yet, from both a visual and mythology perspective, perhaps hinting that it will help set the stage for all these spinoffs and new sequels that will follow. He leaves the door cracked for a return, sure, but this really could be it.

Transformers: The Last Knight is set to open June 23. Do you really think it will be Bay's last robo-explosion fest?