Paramount Pictures has released a short teaser that confirms a final trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight debuting tomorrow. The upcoming fifth installment in the billion-dollar series aims to take the franchise in a new direction, one that will eventually lead into a full-fledged shared universe, filled with sequels, prequels, and spinoffs. Michael Bay undoubtedly helped shepherd this new franchise, but whether he will remain a driving force behind its establishment is yet to be seen.
Before the studio begins to expand the franchise, they first have to get through The Last Knight's release. Paramount has recently begun to ramp up their marketing campaign for the new film; this week alone has seen a handful of new images debut in print magazines. It wasn't that long ago that audiences got to see a sneak preview at the MTV Awards and even a supposed final trailer last month -- and it looks like the studio isn't showing any signs of slowing down.
The official Twitter account for Paramount Pictures Australia released a short teaser online today confirming that a new trailer for Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight will release tomorrow. The teaser doesn't show anything new but is rather a snippet of footage taken from the end of the movie's last trailer, showing Optimus Prime cutting down six enemies in one fell swoop. Considering that we have already gotten a third trailer for the movie, and that this news comes courtesy of Paramount's Australia account, it's possible the new trailer will be the final international trailer.
— Paramount Pictures (@ParamountAU) May 16, 2017
Despite not being critical achievements, the Transformers franchise continues to rake in hefty sums at the worldwide box office. That may have been enough for Paramount in the past, but the studio now has a lot riding on Bay's new installment. Shortly after Age of Extinction released, Paramount formed a writers' room of some of the top scribes in the industry -- led by Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) -- to shepherd a Transformers Cinematic Universe. The Last Knight is the first project to come out of that initiative.
Goldsman co-wrote the film along with Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) and Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. The movie is meant to set the stage for future franchise installments. Bay says the writers' room currently has over a dozen ideas in the pipeline and that he would like to helm one of them (despite continually saying he's done with the franchise after The Last Knight). Currently, the only spinoff movie confirmed at this time (aside from the main movies) is the upcoming Bumblebee film, which will be directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings). Its success may very well determine the future of the franchise as a whole.
Source: Paramount Pictures
- Transformers 5/Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) release date: Jun 21, 2017
- Bumblebee (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018