It looks like Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg are teaming up for more TRANSFORMERS. At the Con X KC in Kansas City, Missouri, actor Glenn Morshower, who appeared in all three films and provides an introduction to the TRANSFORMERS 3D ride at Universal Studios, said he was informed that Spielberg and Bay were at work on not just a 4th TRANSFORMERS movie, but a 5th one as well.
“After I did the opening ceremonies for the ride, Steven Spielberg walked up to me and chatted and said ‘You know we’ve got you set to do the fourth one and probably the fifth one on the heels of that,” he told Examiner. “So, I guess in December we are on our way to making 4 and 5.”
Am I the only one who is shocked? Who actually liked these movies besides Armond White? DARK OF THE MOON has a 42/100 metascore on Metacritic, and personally, I don’t know a single person who’s ever said anything good about any of them.
I suppose dollars speak louder than words, finally, as the movie made over $1 billion dollars worldwide, which alone justifies — for better or worse — a 4th and 5th movie. Money talks!
Michael Bay told the Huffington Post why he’s returning for another sequel, even after declaring that DARK OF THE MOON would be his last film:
“I thought I was done. Then the ride came out [at Universal Studios Hollywood] and the two-and-a-half-hour lines. And then you’re thinking, Oh my God, someone’s going to take this over. And you start doing a lot of soul-searching. Like, OK, I’m about to do a little movie, “Pain & Gain” … and the studio says they want to restart the franchise. And someone could come in here and screw it up, you know? So I’m thinking that if I do this last one, we set it on a new footing, we change a lot of things — but we keep the history of the three in place. But we broaden it so it can be set up and be carried on — it would have a better chance for survival, I guess. You know?”
So it appears that Bay is on board as director for TRANSFORMERS 4, shepherding the franchise in a new direction, but directing a 5th one is unlikely.
“…you’ve got to do different things in life. But it doesn’t matter. This is probably the last one. [...] You don’t want to leave “TRANSFORMERS” in bad hands. Do you know what I’m saying? So we can set it up in the right way so it can kind of continue on.”
“Redundant” is the only word I can think of to describe the prospect of yet another Michael Bay TRANSFORMERS movie. In my opinion, he should just let go of the franchise and allow the world to see someone else’s vision of the TRANSFORMERS brand. Maybe he’s just afraid that someone else will do it better?