It looks like Michael Bay might be extending his time with the Transformers franchise longer than we expected. With the movies inexplicably having made a couple billion dollars, it’s no surprise that Paramount and Hasbro would want to keep churning them out. I mean, hell, it’s not like anyone will notice if you shoot one without an actual screenplay. Just have robots punch each other for ninety minutes, boom, box office gold. Since the next Transformers flick is said to be a semi-reboot that will ditch all the human cast members and bring in a new crop of folks to start fresh, it would make sense that Bay might have made a graceful exit during the transition, but he eventually decided to stay onboard for the fourth film…and possibly even a fifth.
The news of a possible fifth film comes from actor Glenn Morshower, who has been in all three of the Transformers movies. During an interview with Examiner.com at Kansas City’s Con X KC, Morshower said that Bay and Steven Spielberg, who executive produces the Transformers films, are working on two more installments of the franchise. Morshower recounted a run-in with Spielberg after the actor had recorded a segment for Universal Studios’ Transformers 3D ride:
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’ … So, I guess in December we are on our way to making 4 and 5.
This is far from an official confirmation of a fifth film, but it does suggest that Bay may continue milking the franchise for another couple of years at the least. Morshower’s quote also suggests that they might be filming the next two Transformers films back to back, or at least in close succession. That quote is all in how you interpret it, however, so we’ll have to wait to hear more whenever Paramount chooses to reveal their plans.