The next film in the Transformers franchise will not be a followup to Transformers: The Last Knight, and director Michael Bay has no plans to return to the franchise. The robots in disguise hit a financial speed bump when The Last Knight was released in the summer of 2017. The film was also greeted with the franchise's usual negative reviews, and the box office disappointment indicated it was time for a new direction for the Autobots and Decepticons.
That new direction came in the guise of Bumblebee, director Travis Knight's soft reboot of the franchise. While Bumblebee was only a modest box office performer, it garnered rave reviews from critics and audiences alike and seemed a natural starting point for a new iteration of the story. But producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura seemingly threw some uncertainty on the franchise's future, recently commenting that the studio had several different ideas for the next entry in series, possibly even one that follows the events of Transformers: The Last Knight.
Things have apparently changed. In a new interview with Slash Film, di Bonaventura clarifies that the next Transformers film will not be connected to Bay's quintet of movies, and further stresses that Bay has left the franchise behind.
This shouldn't be surprising news. Paramount and Hasbro are on the record as being satisfied with Bumblebee's performance, and going back to Bay's style would seem counterintuitive, to say the least. The reason this even needed to be clarified is really down to di Bonaventura himself, who seems to give conflicting information on the franchise's direction virtually every time he gives an interview.
Even if we know what the next film won't be, we still have very little sense of what it will be. Most reports have suggested the next live-action film will serve as a direct sequel to Bumblebee, possibly framed as a sort of buddy cop film between the titular Autobot and Optimus Prime. There's been no official confirmation that Hailee Steinfeld will return as Charlie Watson, but it would seem a safe bet the studio will be eager to bring her back into the fold. Similarly, Travis Knight has made no concrete announcements about returning, though he has suggested he has ideas for further stories. There's also an animated film set on Cybertron in development, and even the idea of a Beast Wars film has been discussed. There are plenty of possibilities on the horizon for the Transformers, but it seems the days of robot Bayhem are officially behind us.
Source: Slash Film