Multiple Transformers Sequels and Spin-Offs in Development


Michael Bay’s last two Transformers films grossed over $1 billion worldwide, which would normally be an indication that the series isn’t in need of any tinkering or strategic changes. But with the way things work in Hollywood these days, studios are more interested in doubling down on highly successful franchises rather than taking a risk on something new. This week we’re hearing that Paramount is not only developing a sequel to Transformers: Age of Extinction, but they are also exploring several different ideas for spin-offs. In other words, they are the latest studio trying to emulate Marvel by building an Avengers-style interconnected universe out of a blockbuster franchise. At the moment, however, it is still unclear just how involved Michael Bay might be in these future installments.

According to Deadline, Paramount is hiring writer / producer Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend) to oversee a team of writers to generate ideas for more Transformers sequels and spin-offs. He will also consult with producers Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura. It does not seem likely that he will write any of the screenplays himself, although nothing is confirmed in that regard.

In addition to the Marvel films, Disney has also hatched a plan to produce a new Star Wars film every year, alternating between spin-offs and the main continuing storyline. It’s possible that this is what Paramount has in mind, although it’s hard to imagine anything distinguishing the standalone films from the others. It is still unknown if Michael Bay will return for the sequel to Transformers: Age of Extinction but even if he does, at least this new plan would open the franchise up to some new filmmakers. Are you excited about the possibility of an expanded Transformers cinematic universe?

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  • Lori Cerny

    According to IMDb, Michael Bay is directing Transformers 5 and TMNT 2.

    What do you turtleheads think of that?

  • Sean

    He’s definitely not directing TMNT 2, that’s supposed to be the guy that did Earth to Echo. So I don’t know if I trust that he’s doing Transformers 5 either. :)

  • LordAwesome

    Christ. Just let it die.

  • Joe

    If they want to keep this franchise going for the foreseeable future they really need to find new directors. Bay has directed enough Transformers movies.

  • Kasper

    IMDb is about as trustworthy of a source as Wikipedia. Or probably even less so, as Wikipedia at least has blatantly false information sorted out quickly, while IMDb often has the oddest loosely rumored cast lists up as officially starring people for ages before it gets corrected.

  • Bandit Manatee

    Every one is hell bent on building a shared universe since the success of the marvel films. If they are going this route I think they should have a transformers/G.I. Joe crossover film.

  • Bas

    Well, multiple movies combining to form one massive crossover movie at the end seems to fit with the property. But the only way I will ever see another TF movie is with a clean reboot, away from Bay

  • aggressivecouch .

    I’m already sick of hearing about Star Wars and now this. Sure a lot of people will go see this. But these people don’t know any better. Over saturation of these products will kill them off.