Paramount has set release dates for three more “Transformers” movies for 2017, 2018 and 2019.
The studio announced Friday that “Transformers 5” would open on June 23, 2017 — the same date already selected by Warner Bros. for “Wonder Woman.” “Transformers 6” has been slotted for June 8, 2018, which sets it up against “Godzilla 2” from Warner Bros. and Legendary. “Transformers 7” has been scheduled for June 28, 2019. It’s the first title to land on the date.
Director Michael Bay said in January that he would return to direct the fifth installment in Paramount’s “Transformers” franchise. Mark Wahlberg, who appeared in the last installment — “Transformers: Age of Extinction” — is expected to return and Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing.
Bay has directed the four movies in the franchise, which have grossed a combined $3.7 billion worldwide and are based on Hasbro’s toy line. Shia LaBeouf starred in the first three films.
The first “Transformers” opened on July 3, 2007, and the next three films launched in late June. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” grossed $245 million domestically and $858 million internationally in 2014.
Paramount announced last March that Bay and producer di Bonaventura were bringing on Akiva Goldsman to help expand the “Transformers” cinematic universe. The studio then hired several prominent writers, such as “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman and “Iron Man 3” scripters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway to join the writing team for the expanded franchise.
UPDATE, 10:15 a.m. PST – Hasbro Chairman, President and CEO Brian Goldner announced new details about the next three films at the New York Toy Fair.
Goldner confirmed that Bay will direct “Transformers 5” with Wahlberg returning to star. He also said that “Transformers 6” will tell the “never before heard” story of the Bumblebee character from Hasbro’s Transformers universe.