Those who have been following Michael Bay’s career would know all too well that this was not the first time the Transformers director has announced his departure from the juggernaut robot franchise. Back in 2011, he gave the same statement, saying Transformers: Dark of the Moon would be his final film in the series. But guess what, he came back and signed on for the fourth and fifth installments.
This time, however, things are looking to be different for the filmmaker. Just a few months shy from the release of Transformers: The Last Knight, Bay wrote a letter explaining how the new film will open a new world and expand the universe of the hugely successful franchise. He also expressed his resolve to finally step down from the director’s chair and let someone else take the reins.
The first half of the letter tells about how the The Last Knight came into fruition and how it’s different from past four outings:
I’ve been living in this franchise for over 10 years now. For Transformers: The Last Knight, we put together a writers’ room designed to greatly expand our mythology, integrating our films in a whole new way. Every movie will interlink.
It was a huge task to expand mythology from the beginning of the world throughout history. We had a great team of writers: Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind); Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man); Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down); Zak Penn (Ready Player One); Lindsey Beer (Barbie); Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider); Christina Hodson (Bumblebee); Steven DeKnight (Daredevil, Smallville); Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Lost); and Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man).
Through the summer of 2015, they worked in a huge space on the Paramount lot, surrounded by over 10,000 concept images from the franchise’s history: the movies, cartoons, and comic books. They had a life-size Bumblebee, a Megatron head, and many other props staring them down. We pulled from everything. It was a fan’s dream room.
We brought in Transformers historians from Hasbro to educate them on where Transformers has been – so that they could figure out where it can go.
I can safely say that there’s never been a Transformers film with the huge visual scope and expansive mythology as this movie, The Last Knight.
He then went on to express his intention to finally move on. This time, for good:
It’s bittersweet for me. With every Transformers film, I’ve said it would be my last. I see the 120 million fans around the world who see these movies, the huge theme park lines to the ride and the amazing Make- A-Wish kids who visit my sets, and it somehow keeps drawing me back. I love doing these movies. This film was especially fun to shoot. But, this time might really be it. So I’m blowing this one out.
It’s a final chapter and a new beginning.
Bay knows a thing or two about giant robot fights. Sure, he hasn’t always hit the mark, but there’s a reason why his name became synonymous with this franchise. To see him leave would surely dampen the spirit of some diehard fans.
But then again, this could also be a good thing. None of the Transformers films have really stood out in terms of story or character development. Maybe it’s time to get some fresh blood into the scene and see if there’s any potential for this series to be more than just an explosion-filled action-fest.
Source: Michael Bay Official Site