Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner says there's no director attached to Transformers 6 yet, but he's confident that the sequel will meet its 2019 release date. The Transformers live-action film series has come a long way during Goldner's tenure as Hasbro's chief, which began in 2002. Director Michael Bay kicked off the series, of course, with the worldwide blockbuster Transformers in 2007, which was followed up by three massive sequels in 2009, 2011 and 2014.
And with Bay's fifth and final film (maybe) in the series -– Transformers: The Last Knight – less than a week away, the company that created the toys that the movies is based upon is already looking forward to the next installment.
There is not a director yet, but it's certainly a date we believe we can achieve. We own several hundred characters in the mythology. People don't know much about their home planet. We're in the process of thinking about what is the next story to tell.
While the film is still in need of a director, fans should get excited that the next installment in the multi-billion dollar franchise may involve a setting other than Earth. That's not to say the films have grown stale on this planet, it's just nice to hear that Hasbro and its studio partner are considering expanding the narrative to explore the Transformers' origins a bit more.
As for the lack of a director at this point, fans shouldn't get too concerned. Travis Knight, the director of the first Transformers spinoff film, Bumblebee, was hired in early March, and the film is well on track to meet its June 8, 2018, release date. Besides, since Bay has shepherded the franchise from day one, you have to believe that Paramount is carefully sifting through its stable of candidates to find a director of the same caliber to take his place.
Perhaps another reason Paramount and Hasbro is holding off on the announcement of a hire is out of their mere respect for Bay. The last thing the studio and the toymaker want to do this point is usher in the new kid on the block before the old guard makes his grand exit – and as a result create a distraction from what Bay has accomplished with the franchise, whether fans have been on board with his vision or not.
Whatever the case may be, fans should expect the announcement of the new director soon, if not for any other reason to help keep the momentum of the Transformers franchise going after what is sure to be another monolithic opening weekend for The Last Knight.
- Transformers 5/Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) release date: Jun 21, 2017
- Bumblebee (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018