Transformers 5, 6, 7 and 8 confirmed
THERE'S more than meets the eye when it comes to the Transformers. After four successful live-action flicks, the shape-changing robots in disguise will be getting not one, not two, but four more movies.
And, love it or hate it, Michael Bay - who directed the previous four Transformers movies - could be involved somehow.
"You're going to see a new Transformers movie coming from Hasbro and Paramount and Michael Bay and our other partners," said Hasbro chief content officer Stephen Davis during a question-and-answer session at Mipcom, an international audio-visual content trade show held in Cannes.
"In fact, we just finished... an incredible experience. We decided that we wanted to plot out the next 10 years of the Transformers franchise, so we got together in a room over a three-month period of time."
The team included nine writers that Mr Davis said were "some of the most creative... I have ever worked with", he was quoted by Entertainment Weekly as saying on Sunday.
"Similarly, we are doing the same in television and in digital. So stay tuned, Transformers 5 is on its way, and 6 and 7 and 8," he added.
Akiva Goldsman, who won an Oscar for writing A Beautiful Mind (2001), is writing the screenplay for Transformers 5, due in 2017. He is heading the team of writers.
Many of the other writers involved have film screenplay credits too. Variety reported that the scribes penning the new Transformers content include Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down, 2001); Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead TV series); Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man, 2008); Zak Penn (X-Men 2, 2003); and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 2014).
Reports earlier this year suggested that the Transformers movie franchise will not only feature sequels - one of which could be in two parts - but spin-offs as well.
The spin-offs will focus on key characters in the series, with a potential one being the popular robot Bumblebee, who transforms into a yellow car.
While Transformers 5 has no director attached yet, Bay tweeted last month that nothing has been made official regarding him directing the movie, Variety reported.
"No, it's not official. I have not committed to any idea as of yet. Just met with Steven (Spielberg) and we are discussing," he wrote on Sept 18.
Bay's potential involvement will be a sore point among some fans, who think his big-screen adaptations veer too far off from the original 1980s cartoon series they are based on. His Transformers movies have often drawn scathing reviews from film critics as well.
Yet, the giant robot films have been a huge hit among moviegoers.
"Hasbro simply can't walk away from the lucrative movie franchise that has seen the last two entries top US$1 billion (S$1.4 billion) worldwide," said Jeff Bock, senior box office analyst for Exhibitor Relations, in a CNBC report.
According to tracking site Box Office Mojo, the four Transformers movies released between 2007 and last year have made a total of US$3.78 billion globally in ticket sales.
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