There are 14, count 'em, 14 Transformers movies in development

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Apr 26, 2017, 12:53 PM EDT (Updated)

It was just two years ago that Paramount Pictures, looking to milk it for every single dollar expand the franchise creatively, announced that it was forming a "writers’ room" for new movies based around the Transformers brand. Films like Bumblebee, for instance, which was the first project to emerge from that room and which is supposed to arrive in 2018.

With the fifth movie in the main series, Transformers: The Last Knight, bearing down on us like a Kenworth truck with no brakes, director Michael Bay revealed in a recent interview with MTV News that there are now some 14 different ideas in development for the continuation and extension of the brand -- and he wants in:

“There are fourteen stories written. And there’s good stuff ... I would like to do one of them, though."

Keep in mind that this is the guy who said in 2011 that Transformers: Dark of the Moon was his last one in the series, only to return in 2014 for Transformers: Age of Extinction. He also said that was his final turn at bat, but sure enough he came back this year for The Last Knight. We admire his dedication to the series, but he should probably stop saying he's going to walk away unless he means it.

But why walk away when he can choose from so many movies to make? We don't know for sure if all 14 of those projects will ever come to fruition, but we can certainly expect to see at least one or two more in the main saga, with Paramount hoping that Bumblebee leads a string of spinoff/standalone films like Disney has done with Star Wars and Rogue One. Possible entries include an animated movie as well as a period piece set in ancient Rome (one thing we won't see, however, is the Transformers/G.I. Joe crossover).

Transformers: The Last Knight opens on June 23. Are you ready for many more movies in this series? Is there such a thing as too many Transformers films?

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