Michael Bay to Return for ‘Transformers 5’

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Michael Bay has confirmed that he will return to direct the fifth installment in the “Transformers” franchise for Paramount.

Bay broke the news to Rolling Stone, after months of speculation, while promoting his new war movie “13 Hours.”

Mark Wahlberg, who appeared in the last installment, is expected to return and Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing.

Bay directed “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” the fourth in the series and the first one without Shia Labeouf, in addition to its three predecessors. “Age of Extinction” also starred Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz and, despite losing Labeouf, grossed more than $1 billion worldwide.

Details behind the next movie are under wraps, but sources say Wahlberg is the only cast member from “Age of Extinction” expected to reprise his role.

This past spring, Paramount announced it would be assembling a writers’ room to build its new “Transformers” universe that would include spinoff pics along with new installments in the franchise. The room was overseen by Akiva Goldsman with the studio recently tapping Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (“Iron Man”) along with Ken Nolan (“Black Hawk Down”) to write the script.

Bay is repped by WME. His “13 Hours” bows on Jan. 15.

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  1. Phoenix says:

    Sir please please we requested you to cast Lebeuf and Magan Fox in transformer 5,because their pair is best and eccilent,their pairing is most beautiful,exotic and romantiel @ Michel bay

    • Tripp says:

      A great story line that will tie all the movies would be a love triangle between Lebeouf, the blonde from the the 3rd film, and Megan Fox. The blonde would walk into Sam and Mikaela making love in the first sex scene of the series. The two belong together. They have way better chemistry. In the blondes despair she goes to Galvatron (remember her advice to Megatron in the 3rd film that made him stand up to Sentinel) and she is turned into a transformer using the transformium thru Cybertronic Technology. This is the same tech that made Optimus. Remember he was not born but created said Lockdown. Meanwhile, Cade skills as an inventor has evolved thru the study of the transformers that he has built a transformer himself. HOT ROD.

  2. Bill B. says:

    Groan. I thought this was over. These are among the worst films ever made with each one getting more ludicrous the the previous one. Wahlberg has clearly given up on having a serious acting career.

  3. CS says:

    Id love to see a decent Transformers movie agian. The first one was great but now the characters have gotten so ridiculous.

    Wish they’d just reboot it

  4. Age of Extinction was a smash success, what is the big hold-up? I guess they need to regroup and find a new pair of leads, since Mark Wahlberg’s character clearly can’t stick around. I loved all the hints from Lockdown of what was on the horizon. Albeit vague, he set up the Center of the Universe and the Builders of the Transformers, both of which would easily be the most interesting facets of the franchise.

    It seems movie fans need something at all times to bash (e.g. the prequels, Twilights), and Transformers stoically accepted that mantle, all the way to the bank. But I watch them and am constantly amazed at how technically masterful they are, people just make fun of them since it’s de rigueur. So I’m thrilled that Bay is back, and honestly I don’t think anyone can do what he does. Back in the Bad Boys days people made fun of his super low angles and arc shots that never, ever end – but Bayhem is very real – and Transformers fans are very happy.

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