Bad news, Transformers film fans (yes, they’re out there): series director Michael Bay has just announced that the newly released Transformers: The Last Knight will be the last film he directs for the franchise.
Now, Bay has claimed to quit the franchise several times throughout his decade long directorial history, to the point that film reporters have been on Bay Watch since 2011. So, despite the fact that Bay has been suggesting his departure after this fifth addition to the franchise since February of this year, most have not taken his comments seriously.
But Bay has finally confirmed his departure in a recent interview with Fandango, stating that:
“These movies that I’ve done, they are massive movies. They take a lot out of you. I’ve done it enough, and I’ve had a great time doing it. I’m going out with a bang on this one, and I feel like you gotta go out while you’re ahead, you know. I think I’ve had a good run…”
Rather than leave the industry altogether, Bay wants to turn his attentions to new projects where he can further explore his budding interests in mature themes and brutal human action:
“I just read a very bloody hitman movie that was a page turner. That seems like a fun one to [direct],” he said. “I love doing 13 Hours, I love doing Pain & Gain — I think it’ll be something more serious and more adult, I guess.”
Fans needn’t worry about getting their future Transformers fix, however. Paramount is set to release a Bumblebee spin-off in 2018, with Hailee Steinfeld being eyed for the lead role, and the main Transformers series is set to premiere a sixth film in 2019. Still, Bay’s final departure will truly be the end of an era.
Do you think Bay’s latest departure announcement will stick this time? Are you excited to see what he does next? Let us know in the comments!
And don’t forget to check out Transformers: The Last Knight in theaters now.