We are only a week away from the release of Transformers: Age Of Extinction and already, the big guys at Hasbro and Paramount are discussing the possible future of the Transformers Live Action Movie Franchise.
First to speak was Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures Rob Moore, correcting a statement by Paramount Pictures Senior Vice President Edward Ryan and mentioning that Transformers 5 will release on 2017 (as originally planned) instead of 2016.
Next to speak was Transformers: Age of Extinction producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who said that Transformers 4 may not be a start of a new Trilogy.
“”We’re not planning on doing a trilogy,” he told Roth. “We’re not not planning on doing a trilogy. It’s really a one-movie-at-a-time philosophy. It feels a little arrogant. Both [director Michael Bay] and I feel like it’s a little arrogant of us to presume success each time. We know our fans are really out there and they’re going to come, so we presume a certain amount of success. But all the energy will be thrown into the next movie, if we’re lucky enough to get there.”
Of course, a lot of studios have been angling their respective franchises for spinoffs — Disney’s Star Wars, for example, or Sony’s Spider-Man, Fox’s X-Men, etcetera. However, while di Bonaventura and crew have talked about going that route with Transformers, that may not necessarily be the case for future installments, at least for now.
“I think one of the things that people underestimate about the Transformers mythology is how rich it is,” he continued. “If you actually look at the bible, if you would, there is an enormous number of characters; there’s a helluva lot of storylines, etcetera. Honestly, there’s been no discussion of it because we’ve been in the business of making it bigger and bigger. I think a lot of those spinoffs tend to happen when something’s plateaued. We’re not at that place yet, hopefully. We’re going to find out with the audience.””