In 2011, Transformers: Dark of the Moon was originally going to be the last movie in the widely popular Transformers film franchise, or at least that incarnation of it. The actors and director had new projects lined up. Then Dark of the Moon made $1.1 billion worldwide as it climbed to be the sixth highest grossing movie of all time. Paramount and Hasbro would be foolish to let that lucrative cash cow get put out to pasture, so they lured Michael Bay back for a fourth installment with Transformers: Age of Extinction, which is due in theaters in June 2014.
While the next Transformers film is likely to be another giant blockbuster for Paramount and Hasbro, plans for a new Transformers trilogy are at a standstill until the box office results for Age of Extinction are all accounted for. In an interview with Rob Moore, the Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures, he says that Transformers 5 and 6 will hinge upon the success of Transformers 4. Moore tells M1905:
Well, each time we’ve waited until the movie has come out to start the next one. Making sure we’ve made a really satisfying movie that was popular and then starting to figure where the next adventure should go. But certainly, our hope is that we can continue to make Transformers movies well into the future. We don’t have the plans yet, but it is certainly my hope that there is a 5 and a 6.