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Michael Bay says that Transformers: The Last Knight might really be his last

02.03.2017

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Generally we hear about Michael Bay quitting the TRANSFORMERS series AFTER the movie has come out, but it looks like he wants to stay ahead of the curve this time! Bay wrote a letter on his personal site yesterday that talked a bit about the process of what it was like to write THE LAST KNIGHT, as well as why he loves making these movies. He also went on to say that, "this time might really be it. So I’m blowing this one out." Yeah, we'll see about that. Check out the entire letter, below!

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.

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. Here’s the writers’ log line:

The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).

There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference.

In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.

If you had asked me before these TRANSFORMERS movies starting hitting theaters, I would've told you that Michael Bay was the perfect guy to bring these flicks to the big screen. I dig his work as a director, as he generally aims to entertain in a BIG way. Sadly, the writers have really let him down. Aside from the first, there hasn't been a TRANSFORMERS films I've been able to enjoy. Maybe I just don't "get" them. In any case, here's hoping THE LAST KNIGHT can buck the trend...not that I'm expecting it to.

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT will open in theaters on June 23, 2017.

Source: MichaelBay.com

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