‘Transformers 5′: Michael Bay May Pass on Directing

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Michael Bay Responds to Transformers 4 Critics Transformers 5: Michael Bay May Pass on Directing

Michael Bay indicated that he was done with the Transformers franchise after he directed the third live-action movie installment (subtitled Dark of the Moon) – only to turn about-face and serve as helmsman on Transformers: Age of Extinction. That film has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide and guaranteed that Transformers 5 will happen, though Bay is again saying he’s probably done with shooting movies that feature robots in disguise.

Question is, do you believe he’ll follow through on the claim his time? Well the 49-year old filmmaker has been name-dropped as the potential director on a few non-Transformers projects over the past year, including a film adaptation of the Ghost Recon video game property and a WW II thriller currently titled Sabotage. Meanwhile, a script for Bad Boys 3 continues to be developed, should Bay decide that he wants to return to that action/comedy well.

However, in an article recently published by USA Today (hat tip to /Film), it’s suggested that Bay wants to “pass the baton” to another director on Transformers 5. The article in question contains a direct quote from Bay where he says that he’s not interested in retreading familiar territory and instead wants to tackle something beyond his customary spectacle-driven action entertainment, on his next venture as director.

“There’s kind of a new chapter, a new direction in movies I want to make,” says Bay, who is eyeing a passion project, a documentary on elephant poaching. “I have a lot of stories to tell. And it’s about flexing new muscles.”

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It’s not clear right now just how far along development is on the fifth live-action Transformers movie. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, when we interviewed him for Age of Extinction back in June, indicated that the film won’t necessarily be ready to make a 2016 release date. More relevant to this discussion, however, are his comments about the old claims that Bay will be replaced by someone else as director on the Transformers series, post AoE.

“I think it’s one of those classic things where somebody reported that and suddenly it became our plan. We have never discussed the idea of how to hand it off, honestly. It’s not like we don’t think, well what happens if Michael doesn’t do it, of course you do. But we want to keep Michael on this, so we’re not spending any time worrying about who could come in. We’re trying to figure out how to keep him going and keep him excited.”

As we’ve mentioned in the past, Bay could always go off to make his latest passion project, before he directs Transformers 5 – like how he made Pain & Gain, before he called the shots on Age of Extinction. Another plausible scenario is that Bay passes off the reins on the next Transformers installment to a trusted graduate from his Platinum Dunes – like Jonathan Liebesman. The latter just directed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot for Bay’s production banner, but isn’t confirmed to return for the Ninja Turtles sequel coming in 2016 (yet).

How about it, Transformers fans – do you want to see Bay back at the helm for Transformers 5? Would someone like Liebesman (or another candidate altogether) be a step up, as a director for this property?

Source: USA Today [via /Film]

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  1. Thank God hopefully the next one will actually have a plot line

    • Thank god was the first thing I thought about it when i saw the title and i expected it to be one of the comments but not the first one I have seen, so for that +1 to you, Josh) You made me laugh out loud

  2. Not sure if anyone is even buying this. He made a whole show last time about being don and moving on, but when your films are grossing over 1bil, when you’re impervious to critical reviews and when you can then leverage those results to getting any passion project you want done, there’s not much of a chance you’ll walk away. For all we know this is just a negotiation tactic to make the execs sweat (a little) before offering him a greenlight on any project in return for Transformers 6. It’s not like he’s *actually* interested in breaking new ground, after making 4 movies about essentially the same things.

  3. Bay used to be a bit of an action genius, but I do find his most recent efforts lazy and derivative.. Almost into the realm of self parody. That’s not to disparage his earlier work, to this day, The Rock is still one of my favourite action movies, but it’s almost as if he’s constantly trying to recycle a shot, but simply do it bigger! That’s not for me at all..

    Check out Every Frame a Painting on YouTube – Tony Zhou talks about “What is Bayhem?” – Really interesting, and totally confirms everything I feel about Bay’s recent movies..

  4. The whole of the Transformers Franchise wasn’t particularly….enjoyable, though the visual effects were cool. I don’t see the need for another Transformers film. There really is no need to bring in the same boring stuff again.

  5. Who is the closest thing to Bay’s style? lol John Woo! Doves flyin around Bumble Bee when he comes to the humans rescue! Optimus sportin dual BFG’s or dual swords! Extra extra slow motion! Explosions on top of explosions! Chow Yun Fat for the voice of Hot Rod! =P

  6. “Jonathan Liebesman” is a weird way to spell “Nelson Shin”.

  7. Yeah Michael you need to let the Transformers movies go,they’re getting played out for real.i’m getting tired of them,their not entertaining anymore,just so much of robots I can take and I’m at my limit.Michael what you need to do is get rollin’ with Bad Boys 3,all jokes aside direct Bad Boys 3.Jerry is already trying to get it together,get with Will and Martin and stop playing and let’s do this movie,everybody wants to see it,especially me.Bad Boys 3 I’m serious,let’s go.