Whether or not you are a fan of the Hasbro toys based motion picture franchise or not, the critically decried and socially derided auteur Michael Bay will be making Transformers 5 – and the film series that Bay started with his 2007 feature adaptation will continue on into 2025 (if Paramount gets its way). The next installment is already slated for a summer 2017 release, and will continue with lead actor Mark Wahlberg in the starring role following the events of Transformers: Age of Extinction (which released back in 2014).
For many viewers of the Transformers film series, Bay’s Age of Extinction might have been presumed to be the final nail in the coffin, as many critics (with exceptions) felt it was the worst installment in the franchise to date. Nevertheless, the film did better than most any other major release in 2014 worldwide, and the next entry in the series looks to have locked down a production start date.
According to My Entertainment World (h/t CS), Transformers 5 will begin principal photography in May 2016, with the production’s actual shooting locations undeclared as of the writing of this article. The movie will be directed by Bay with Wahlberg returning as the film’s lead, and will feature a script co-written by at least a couple screenwriters from Paramount’s Transformers writing group – a group that includes Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend) and Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), among others.
Transformers 5 doesn’t have an official release date yet, though as mentioned before Wahlberg’s Cade Yeager will alongside (most likely0 Optimus Prime, as voiced by Transformers mainstay Peter Cullen. There is currently little else known about the production itself, though pulling in a group of talented writers (who are now approaching this franchise with the intent of building a cohesive shared universe) offers at least a glimmer of hope for this film.
Despite receiving multiple Razzies in its year, Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction did become the highest grossing film of 2014, and even earned some praises for its well-done visual effects and action sequences. It remains to be seen whether or not Bay’s supposed swan song to the franchise will see the director go out with a bang, but here’s to hoping Transformers 5 manages to topple all outstanding expectations, positive or negative.
Transformers 5 is expected to reach theaters in Summer 2017.