There’s no stopping the Transformers franchise it seems, with Paramount announcing release dates for the next THREE installments. Scroll down for all the details.
Following in the footsteps of virtually every movie franchise, the guys over at Paramount have put together a team of writers to come up with the blueprint of a Transformer’s shared universe.
We already know Michael Bay will be helming Transformers 5 but will vacate the director’s chair for future installments. Now the latest word is that studio execs have planned annual Transformers movies until 2025, and the dates for numbers 5 through 7 have been announced.
Transformers 5 is set to open in U.S. theatres on June 23rd, 2017; which is currently the same date as Warner Bros. DC adventure, Wonder Woman. Transformers 6 – which will be a spin-off centred on Bumblebee – will open on June 8th, 2018; the same day as Godzilla 2. Transformers 7 will arrive on June 28th, 2019.
Okay, I get that these things make a tonne of money at the box office, but does that mean they’re actually any good? I enjoyed the first one a lot more than I should have. But from there the series has plummeted in a downward spiral, almost to an unbearably painful level. Shouldn’t critical reception factor into whether or not a sequel is warranted? Apparently not. That’s exactly what is wrong with modern cinema. If a movie does well at the box office – no matter how unanimously awful people think it is – it’s going to get a bunch of sequels.
The only semblance of hope is that Michael Bay is handing over the reigns to somebody else. While I don’t think he deserves the flak he gets from a lot of people, I do think that Transformers has grown tired and bloated under his direction, sacrificing meaningful storytelling and compelling performances for product placement, ass shots and unceremonious slow motion. Even Mark Wahlberg couldn’t give the franchise the shot in the arm it needs.
I’m not getting my hopes up, but if Paramount is dead-set on making Transformers a thing, then all we can do is hold and brace ourselves for a bumpy ride… let’s just pray it’s uphill from here.
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Source: Screen Rant