Director Michael Bay and Transformers go hand in hand. He created the original trilogy, then even rebooted the franchise with Mark Wahlberg in Transformers: Age of Extinction. Now the mega director plans on giving it one last shot, but that wasn’t always the case.
Back in September Bay seemed pretty hesitant to discuss getting back onto the Transformers train, he even tweeted out about it.
Re: directing TF5. No, it’s not official. I have not committed to any idea as of yet. Just met with Steven and we are discussing.
— Michael Bay (@michaelbay) September 17, 2015
Recently Bay has been out promoting his newest film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and during an interview with Rolling Stone he indeed confirmed that he’d be back for Transformers 5 and that it would be his final foray into the world of Autobots and Decepticons.
“Transformers, I still have a great time. It’s fun to do a movie that 100 million people will see. But this is the last one. I have to pass the reins to someone else.”
I remind Bay that he said the same thing before each of the last two Transformers movies. “I know,” he says. “J.J. [Abrams] told me, ‘You’re the only guy that could do this.’ But it’s time to move on. One more.”
Bay’s reluctance to hand off the franchise seems odd at this point. There are many more Transformers movies in the proverbial pipeline and it’s not like he’s saying or doing anything new with them. He’s clearly establish what the films are about, both visually and thematically, and if Paramount wanted, I’m sure they could easily find a jobber that could follow in Bay’s footsteps.
What Bay should do is step down and maybe let another director take a shot at doing something new with Transformers. They are so stale and innocuous at this point that It’s hard to tell them apart from one another.