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Michael Bay's directing future may not include Transformers 5

Aug. 11, 2014by:

Like it or not, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION is currently the top grossing movie of the 2014 summer season and the third highest of the year. While those numbers may change with a couple big films left this year, it almost definitely guarantees that we will be seeing a fifth film in the franchise. While it never seemed a lock that Michael Bay would be back to helm another chapter in the mega-budget series, it looks like we may now have an almost definitive answer to that question.

Bay told USA Today that his hope would be to pass the reins of the TRANSFORMERS series to another filmmaker.

Theres kind of a new chapter, a new direction in movies I want to make, says Bay, who is eyeing a passion project, a documentary on elephant poaching. I have a lot of stories to tell. And its about flexing new muscles.

While Bay has accumulated enough wealth to never have to worry about directing another movie, he has entered the phase of his life where he can now pursue passion projects. A documentary about elephant poaching may not seem very Bay-esque, but you have to admire he isn't going to make movies just for the paycheck as some of his recent movies have seemed. PAIN AND GAIN may not have been a huge stretch for the director, but at least he tried something different than his usual explosion-centric style.

It remains to be seen who can take over and refresh the TRANSFORMERS series after the recent not quite a reboot that was AGE OF EXTINCTION but I doubt the studio and producers will venture too far away from the tried and true formula that has worked for almost half a dozen films to date. Jonathan Liebesman, anyone?

Source: USA Today

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8:15AM on 08/12/2014
Michael Bay should have stuck to directing commercials and music videos.
Michael Bay should have stuck to directing commercials and music videos.
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9:57AM on 08/12/2014
I still go back to that bombastic I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) video. [link] That's a good one.
I still go back to that bombastic I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) video. [link] That's a good one.
8:14AM on 08/12/2014
What's he holding there - Bumblebear?

It would be nice if someone with an appreciation for the source material took control of the Transformers films, but that seems really unlikely. I can appreciate that he's brought the franchise to a mass audience very effectively, but they aren't the Transformers stories I grew up enjoying.
What's he holding there - Bumblebear?

It would be nice if someone with an appreciation for the source material took control of the Transformers films, but that seems really unlikely. I can appreciate that he's brought the franchise to a mass audience very effectively, but they aren't the Transformers stories I grew up enjoying.
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2:52AM on 08/12/2014

The Bay

I'm hip to this because I loved Pain and Gain. I can't see Bay truly worrying or doing things on a financial level since he's been known to spend his own money to finish a film. Besides, someone's gotta save those elephants.
I'm hip to this because I loved Pain and Gain. I can't see Bay truly worrying or doing things on a financial level since he's been known to spend his own money to finish a film. Besides, someone's gotta save those elephants.
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10:22PM on 08/11/2014
I want to see a Neil Blomkamp Transformers movie set in spaaaaaaaaaaaaace!
I want to see a Neil Blomkamp Transformers movie set in spaaaaaaaaaaaaace!
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9:10PM on 08/11/2014
"I have lots of stories to tell...my job as a director is I get to dream for a living...what I try to do as a director...uh...the type is all off but I'll just wing this. I'll wing it right now. I try to take people on an emotional ride, and um...excuse me, I'm sorry."

To paraphrase one ice princess, "LET IT GO, LET IT GO! GIVE THE FRANCHISE TO SOMEONE WHO CAAAAAARES..."
"I have lots of stories to tell...my job as a director is I get to dream for a living...what I try to do as a director...uh...the type is all off but I'll just wing this. I'll wing it right now. I try to take people on an emotional ride, and um...excuse me, I'm sorry."

To paraphrase one ice princess, "LET IT GO, LET IT GO! GIVE THE FRANCHISE TO SOMEONE WHO CAAAAAARES..."
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8:00PM on 08/11/2014
As much as I love my Bayhem, we need someone new to direct Transforners.
As much as I love my Bayhem, we need someone new to direct Transforners.
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6:04PM on 08/11/2014
Who gives a shit?
Who gives a shit?
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4:34PM on 08/11/2014

One Can only Hope

I hear he will be focusing on Bad Boys 3..

i feel if he did that, and did it well he would redeem himself to a lot of disgruntled fans.

But to be honest i heard he was not coming back to do Transformers again after T3.. but i was fooled then so I've learned not to get my hopes up.
I hear he will be focusing on Bad Boys 3..

i feel if he did that, and did it well he would redeem himself to a lot of disgruntled fans.

But to be honest i heard he was not coming back to do Transformers again after T3.. but i was fooled then so I've learned not to get my hopes up.
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4:10PM on 08/11/2014
If Leibesman doesn't direct the Ninja Turtles sequel I could see him directing Transformers 5

Either way I don't care so I don't know why I posted
If Leibesman doesn't direct the Ninja Turtles sequel I could see him directing Transformers 5

Either way I don't care so I don't know why I posted
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4:04PM on 08/11/2014
BAY: "I have a lot of stories to tell."

Those things you call scripts are hardly stories.
BAY: "I have a lot of stories to tell."

Those things you call scripts are hardly stories.
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4:04PM on 08/11/2014

Considering.....

what he pulls in for a budget for a flick, what he's grossing, and his paycheque, I don't think any of the brain-dead viewers need to worry about Bay doing a new flick, while flexing "un used creative muscles".
what he pulls in for a budget for a flick, what he's grossing, and his paycheque, I don't think any of the brain-dead viewers need to worry about Bay doing a new flick, while flexing "un used creative muscles".
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4:00PM on 08/11/2014
Transformers 4 was China's top grossing movie of all time. Crazy.
Transformers 4 was China's top grossing movie of all time. Crazy.
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3:50PM on 08/11/2014

benefit of the doubt

Remember he said the same thing after Transformers 3, and then they rolled in a wheelbarrow of money for four.

I want to believe him this time thought. I mean, how many times can you sell your soul. The man has made enough money and entertained enough people (recently not anyone on this site, but others) that he deserves his passion project. I would be interested in seeing an elephant documentary by him. Just so long as the elephants don't blow up
Remember he said the same thing after Transformers 3, and then they rolled in a wheelbarrow of money for four.

I want to believe him this time thought. I mean, how many times can you sell your soul. The man has made enough money and entertained enough people (recently not anyone on this site, but others) that he deserves his passion project. I would be interested in seeing an elephant documentary by him. Just so long as the elephants don't blow up
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3:34PM on 08/11/2014

Documentary?

Replace 'elephant' with 'film'. Voila.
Replace 'elephant' with 'film'. Voila.
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3:22PM on 08/11/2014
How cute. Let's not kid ourselves, he's not going anywhere as long as he's making 1 billion+ dollars for each Transformers movie.
How cute. Let's not kid ourselves, he's not going anywhere as long as he's making 1 billion+ dollars for each Transformers movie.
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