It’s only been less than a week since Michael Bay bludgeoned the world with Transformers: Age of Extinction, and while the critics have not been particularly kind to the film, it has still raked in more than $381 million across the globe. And just because the movie is still relatively new to theaters doesn’t mean that Paramount doesn’t already have their eyes on the future. They recently unveiled the spectacular packaging for an upcoming special edition Blu-ray, and the producers have already started thinking about possible new additions to the franchise.
I haven’t seen Age of Extinction yet, and to be honest, I don’t know if I’ll get to it in the theaters—there are a lot of films ahead of this one on my need-to-see list—but I do want to own this Blu-ray. There’s no official release date yet, and not word on the extras, but you can already preorder it on Amazon. The most memorable image from the glut of marketing, one that was used with great frequency, is that of the Autobot leader Optimus Prime riding on the back of the Dinobot named Grimlock, who is essentially a robotic fire-breathing dragon. It is completely insane, over the top, and if I do pay money to see this in the theater, it will be because I want to see this blasted on a screen many stories tall.
Even if you don’t rush out to see this movie, you can still own your very own miniaturized version, at least in a few months, when this Blu hits the market. This hand-painted statue stands 7.25 inches tall, is 9 inches long, and was crafted using the same digital models as the characters that appear in the film. And it is a robot riding a robot dragon, so why wouldn’t you want to display this prominently in your home?
Going in to Age of Extinction, we already knew that the studio intends to make more Transformers movies. A soft reboot of the franchise—set in the same world, but with new characters and story arcs—this is the beginning of a brand new trilogy. While Bay has always been the driving force behind the films, he may not be around forever, and Paramount is preparing for such an eventuality. Talking to Slashfilm, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura talks about the big shoes potential new directors would have to fill:
But, you know, I guess if you had to think about who would be the next one, my guess is it would be somebody who probably was a kid who watched the show as a kid because then they’ll have a fundamental understanding of the D.N.A. in a way. And are able to bring that thing that you have when you’ve grown up with it. It sinks into you in a different way.
When asked if we could ever see a shorter Transformers movie—so far they’ve clocked in at 144, 150, 154, and 165 minutes, respectively—di Bonaventura simply says, “Michael likes long movies,” and continues by adding that if Bay stays with the franchise, “we’ll probably have another long movie.”