The Transformers series has received a mixed reception since its big-screen introduction in 2007. Despite this, the films have performed consistently at the box office and, as all film fans know, big money means more sequels. When Transformers: Age of Extinction made its bow last year, many thought that it was the final film in the franchise and that the series had outstayed its welcome. Well, Paramount have confirmed they have other ideas.
Transformers 5 rumours are currently making waves across the internet. With the Hasbro-inspired franchise raking in billions for Paramount, they seem reluctant to give up on future sequels. According to Total Film, Paramount confirmed that Transformers 5 is going ahead, with Michael Bay returning to the director's chair. The news was confirmed in an interview with Hasbro Studios president Stephen J. Davis, who revealed some crucial information about the future of the franchise, one that has been scheduled and planned for the next 10 years.
"Well, you're gonna see a new Transformers movie coming from Hasbro and Paramount and Michael Bay and our other partners. In fact, we just finished, which some of you may have read, just an incredible experience. We decided that we wanted to plot out the next 10 years of the Transformers franchise and so we got together in a room over a three-month period of time.
"Nine of some of the most creative writers I have ever worked with, shepherded by Akiva Goldsman, who many of you may know won an Academy Award for A Beautiful Mind and written a bunch of really great movies, and they plotted out the next 10 years of Transformers. Similarly, we're doing the same in television and in digital. So stay tuned, Transformers 5 is on its way, and 6 and 7 and 8."
This is excellent news for Transformers fans, who continue to be some of the most loyal and critical when it comes to their respective favorite. With Transformers having such a dedicated following, Paramount have obviously noticed the fan base, one that continues to pump money into the long-running robot franchise.
Davis has a plethora of creative writing talent at his disposal. According to Comic Book, the writing room includes Steve DeKnight (Daredevil), Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Hibernation), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Christina Hodson (Unforgettable), Lindsey Beer (How to Nail an Alien), and Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand). This writing unit is collectively known as the Transformers Cinematic Universe (TCF).
Paramount previously stated that Transformers will continue in the form of spin-offs and more sequels, but didn't give any indication or detail to a timeline. In March 2015, Goldsman was tasked with creating the TCF, which are currently working on 12 potential spin-off movies, as well as the next four Transformers instalments. The idea of spin-off films, which focus on particular Transformers, had fans wetting their lips in anticipation. With a 10-year schedule now in place, Paramount clearly has a long-term strategy, so expect more news shortly.
Preparations for Transformers 5 are well under way. Mark Wahlberg is set to reprise his role as Cade Yeager from Age of Extinction. In addition, Bay will be returning to the helm and basing the film on a script written by Akiva Goldsman. No other details have been released yet but expect the rumors and discussions to gather some truth in the next few months.
It seems the Transformers franchise will continue to thrive. So far, the four movies -- Transformers (2007), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), and Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) -- have grossed over $3.76 billion on a total budget of $755 million.
Production is set to kick off on Transformers 5 in 2016, with a tentative release in 2017. Settle in, as the Transformers will be saving the world for many years to come.
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