Whatever reservations or outstanding gripes some viewers might have with the increasingly ubiquitous and always divisive eponymous feature franchise, Transformers 5 is on the horizon, with filming set to begin this May, followed by at least two more installments (a Bumblebee spinoff in 2018 and Transformers 6 in 2019). As the process of filming and casting begins in London and Detroit, director Michael Bay and company are likely hoping to imbue as much bang as they can manage in the making of the latest movie to feature “robots in disguise.”
In the case of the last four Transformers movies based on the popular Hasbro toy line, the cinematographers who have been brought in to give the films their particular edge and glossy veneer have included the likes of such frequent Hollywood action visionaries as Mitchell Amundsen (Wanted), Ben Seresin (World War Z), and Amir Mokri (Man of Steel). However, for the latest entry in his popular film series, Bay has called on a new creative partner – whose work on John Wick recently turned the action industry on its head.
As reported by Variety, cinematographer John Sela has just been brought on board as direct of photography for Transformers 5, and will hopefully lend Bay’s rumored final entry in the franchise much of the same theatricality and aesthetic vibrancy of Sela’s previous work on John Wick. Despite having also lent his hand to the critically-panned A Good Day to Die Hard in 2013, Sela’s more recent work with the always phenomenal stuntman/actor Keeanu Reeves should serve the team behind Bay’s latest Transformers production well.
Given the ambitious nature of Paramount’s plans for a Transformers shared cinematic universe starting with Transformers 5 – which is rumored to deal with Optimus Prime making a deep space journey in order to find the God-like creators of the Autobots and the Decepticons – having Sela on board should at least ground the surrounding narrative in some stunning visuals. And even if Reeves won’t be starring in the Bay’s new movie, there’s always the hope that Sela’s work with the former actor might bleed into making Transformers 5 star Mark Whalberg look even better in his second featured appearance in the franchise (after Transformers: Age of Extinction).
As Bay begins to anticipate saying goodbye to the Transformers franchise as a director, fans of the series can await his rumored final film with the knowledge that, if for no other reason, will be noteworthy for its cinematographer. If everything goes well with the filming of Transformers 5 from a visual standpoint, perhaps moviegoers can anticipate future installments with Sela in place as the cinematographer on the series, too.
Transformers 5 will open in U.S. theaters on June 23rd, 2017, followed by the Bumblebee spinoff on June 8th, 2018, and Transformers 6 on June 28th, 2019.