It might be big and dumb, but the Transformers franchise is one of the biggest properties in box-office history — and it sounds like they’ll be keeping the band together for the next sequel.
Deadline reports longtime director Michael Bay will reunite with Transformers: Age of Extinction star Mark Wahlberg for a new sequel. Wahlberg led a fresh cast in the fourth film, which was meant to give the franchise a more mature vibe by leaving behind Shia LaBeouf and the gang for Wahlberg, his character’s lovely daughter and her race car-driving boyfriend.
As far as the box-office returns are concerned, the soft reboot worked, and the film made a ton of money. Quality-wise, the results were comparable to the first four films. So, yeah, it just depends on what you want from your explosion-filled blockbusters. Considering how well Age of Extinction performed, it’s no surprise the studio would be keen to bring back both Bay and Wahlberg. For what it’s worth, Bay has taken to Twitter to clarify that his return isn’t a done deal just yet, though it sounds like discussions are definitely heading that direction.
Re: directing TF5. No, it's not official. I have not committed to any idea as of yet. Just met with Steven and we are discussing.— Michael Bay (@michaelbay) September 17, 2015
Of course, this project is just one of several Transformers films in the works, as the studio has assembled a TV-style writers’ room to expand the franchise with spinoffs. That gang, highlighted by Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Jeff Pinker (Lost) and Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend, Fringe), have been building a framework for where Transformers 5 and all those films will take the narrative.
What’s your take? Do you want Bay and Wahlberg back for another go-round?