When it comes to the most popular franchises in Hollywood, most people will think of Marvel Cinematic Universe films, DCEU films, Star Wars, and many more, but usually Transformers is left out of that conversation. The reasoning for this has been the films losing grace with moviegoers and critics since the installments have continuously fallen more in line with director Michael Bay's personal style. Even though these may not be the most well received movies, they are still making loads of money at the box office, which is why more and more of the Transformers movies are planned.
Next up for Paramount is Transformers: The Last Knight, which has brought about plenty of interesting reports throughout production. Outside of once again bringing Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and others back, the story will somehow involved King Arthur, Nazis, and more dinobots. For people looking forward to the next installment in this universe, it appears the first teaser will be dropping by the end of the year.
Earlier today, Bay went live on the Transformers Facebook page as he was on the set of the movie's final day of filming in England. After he showed off the set itself as well as the medieval warriors and catapults with him, he revealed that a teaser should be coming shortly, once filming has completely wrapped:
We’re going to have a teaser coming out — not sure if it’s going to be November or December.
It is almost due time for the marketing campaign to start in order to get hardcore, casual, and former fans of the franchise ready for the upcoming film. It is clear that this will be unlike any other Transformers film based on settings alone, so it will be quite interesting to see what type of film is presented in the teaser, whenever it does come out.
Luckily for Paramount, there are plenty of big movies set to debut in the next two months that will bring plenty of eyes to the teaser should it be attached to new releases. Non-Paramount properties such as Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Passengers, or Assassin's Creed are the biggest remaining films of the year and have the audience that a Transformers movie will likely get.
Paramount themselves do not have too many high-profile, non-Oscar contending movies remaining this year. Attaching the trailer to Jack Reacher: Never Go Back would make sense, but is a bit early given Bay's timeline. Unless they surprise everyone and attach it to Arrival, Allied, or Office Christmas Party, their options seem to be limited. However, there is no rule that says they must debut the trailer with one of their films, but the sooner the better as more summer blockbusters for next year should also start releasing trailers in the near future.
Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters on June 23, 2017. Next up is the Bumblebee spin-off film on June 8, 2018, followed by Transformers 6 on June 28, 2019.