One of the most financially successful film franchises of the last decade is returning to theaters in 2017. Love them or hate them, the Michael Bay-directed Transformers films have been nothing short of spectacular at the box office. The first three films in the franchise each earned over $300 million domestically, with Transformers: Dark of the Moon grossing over $1.1 billion worldwide.
The series was given a soft reboot with 2014's Transformers: Age of Extinction, as most of the human characters were replaced, and Mark Wahlberg assumed the lead role. And while that film struggled to reach the same domestic figures as the previous three movies, Age of Extinction became the second straight Transformers film to cross $1 billion worldwide. The next film in the franchise, Transformers: The Last Knight, sees the return of several actors from the first three films — Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, and John Turturro — all of which sat out Age of Extinction. Joining Mark Wahlberg and the returning actors in the fifth film is Anthony Hopkins — new to the series, but no stranger to blockbusters.
Given the film's June release date, we are inching closer each day to our first look at footage; maybe even closer than we realize. Michael Bay recently took to Twitter to announce that filming has wrapped on Transformers: The Last Knight, the last film in the franchise he is slated to direct. But that's not all. The director also announced that there are "...even more surprises in store...TOMORROW..." The video ends with text that promises a trailer tomorrow.
It's a wrap! Even more surprises in store...TOMORROW... pic.twitter.com/GnxkphIN72
— Michael Bay (@michaelbay) December 4, 2016
Before you get your hopes up that a proper Transformers teaser will be released tomorrow, it should be noted that Bay announced only weeks ago that the first teaser trailer would premier along with Rogue One. Should that still be the case, it is possible we get a teaser for the teaser, similar to what was done with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
While the Transformers films are essentially critic proof, there has to be some hope that the fifth film in the franchise can break with the recent trend of being crucified by reviewers (of course, the film should do huge business regardless). With or without Bay as a director, Paramount has continued plans for the Transformers franchise, with a sixth and seventh film in development, plus several spin-offs, including a Bumblebee film.
In addition to whatever surprise Bay has in store for us tomorrow, keep it on Screen Rant all week, as we have a bunch of exclusive Transformers: The Last Knight news coming your way. So stay tuned!
Source: Michael Bay
- Transformers 5/Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) release date: Jun 21, 2017
- Bumblebee (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018