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Producer says Transformers 5 is not a sure thing; neither is a new trilogy

06.23.2014

If there is one thing in the current movie industry that you can bank on it is the fact that studios and producers are more likely to greenlight sequels and franchises than original standalone films. It is based on that logic that it came as no surprise when we heard Michael Bay was planning TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION to be the first in a new trilogy of movies based on the Hasbro toyline. It was also not surprising when we heard last week that TRANSFORMERS 5 was on pace for a release in 2016. What is surprising is that one TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION producer is saying neither of those is a lock.

Franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura told IGN that TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION is not designed as a launching pad for further sequels.

”We’re not planning on doing a trilogy,” di Bonaventura said, quickly adding “We’re not not planning on doing a trilogy. It’s really a one-movie-at-a-time philosophy.” Anything else, he suggested, “feels a little arrogant. Both [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.”

There can be a certain arrogance when your franchise boasts the incredible box office returns that each TRANSFORMERS film has grossed. TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION is a direct sequel to the first three films that starred Shia LaBeouf while introducing an entire new cast of human characters and a plot that takes the alien robots in a different direction than we have seen to date. But, di Bonaventura also went on to say that even as they do develop sequels, spin-offs are not in the cards as they have been for some superhero franchises.

“Honestly, there’s been no discussion of it because we’ve been in the business of making [the core series] bigger and bigger,” he said. “I think a lot of those spinoffs tend to happen when something’s plateaued. We’re not at that place yet, hopefully. One of the things that people underestimate about the Transformers mythology is how rich it is...there is an enormous number of characters; there’s a helluva lot of storylines, etcetera.”

I could argue that the strength of the plot and mythology is not exactly the driving force for fans going to see TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION rather than incredible CGI effects and big things going boom. But, I will respect the decision to not water down the series as I don't think anyone could stand more than one TRANSFORMERS movie ever few years.

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION opens this Friday.

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Source: IGN

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10:41PM on 06/23/2014

brain damage?

I don't get it. Why is an old cartoon with sub-par animation and a bad Welker voice for what's supposed to be a bad ass villain, held in such high regard? I love The Transformers cartoons like every kid growing up in the 80's, but the show was not great. So why expect so much more when A) the show was never really good to begin with and B) Bay has always been style over substance? I don't remember watching the cartoon for great philosophical meaning, I watched because giant robots.
I don't get it. Why is an old cartoon with sub-par animation and a bad Welker voice for what's supposed to be a bad ass villain, held in such high regard? I love The Transformers cartoons like every kid growing up in the 80's, but the show was not great. So why expect so much more when A) the show was never really good to begin with and B) Bay has always been style over substance? I don't remember watching the cartoon for great philosophical meaning, I watched because giant robots.
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2:26AM on 06/24/2014
I agree the show was nediocre but play War and Fall of Cybertron and you will see why people expect and wish these movies would be better.
I agree the show was nediocre but play War and Fall of Cybertron and you will see why people expect and wish these movies would be better.
3:25AM on 06/24/2014
*mediocre
*mediocre
9:41PM on 06/23/2014
This new Transformers movie, I literally keep forgetting that its coming out. I've only watched the first trailer, beyond that its been almost completely under the radar. So I can't say I'd upset if they ended the series but I'd be shocked as hell
This new Transformers movie, I literally keep forgetting that its coming out. I've only watched the first trailer, beyond that its been almost completely under the radar. So I can't say I'd upset if they ended the series but I'd be shocked as hell
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9:41PM on 06/23/2014
Of course there will be Transformers 5, or even up to 10 for that matter as long as it's not flop. Transformers movies are unlikely to be box office bomb.
Of course there will be Transformers 5, or even up to 10 for that matter as long as it's not flop. Transformers movies are unlikely to be box office bomb.
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8:36PM on 06/23/2014
Hand it off to a director who gives a damn.
Hand it off to a director who gives a damn.
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6:51PM on 06/23/2014

hopefully

Fingers crossed we 20 more of these beasts. Age looks like the film.of the summer!
Fingers crossed we 20 more of these beasts. Age looks like the film.of the summer!
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5:45PM on 06/23/2014
I think Bay and the producer have a failure to communicate.Bay has gone on record numerous times too say this is the first in a new trilogy.
I think Bay and the producer have a failure to communicate.Bay has gone on record numerous times too say this is the first in a new trilogy.
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5:35PM on 06/23/2014
Keep them coming! Screw the haters.
Keep them coming! Screw the haters.
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5:19PM on 06/23/2014
Who are they kidding?!
Who are they kidding?!
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4:48PM on 06/23/2014
I personally don't mind the Transformers movies. I by no means try to argue that they are great. But when you're hungover and laying on your couch all Saturday, a Transformers movie isn't the worst thing to watch.
That being said, I doubt they're not planning further sequels. The movies never felt that serialized to me, but I'm sure somewhere in the background they're planning a Transformers 5. Perhaps not with the same human cast, but someone's definitely writing it up.

If they do
I personally don't mind the Transformers movies. I by no means try to argue that they are great. But when you're hungover and laying on your couch all Saturday, a Transformers movie isn't the worst thing to watch.
That being said, I doubt they're not planning further sequels. The movies never felt that serialized to me, but I'm sure somewhere in the background they're planning a Transformers 5. Perhaps not with the same human cast, but someone's definitely writing it up.

If they do decide to get a new human cast for the next one. They should definitely go with Nick Cage. It just seems like such a good fit to me.
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4:18PM on 06/23/2014
You are such a terrible liar, Lorenzo.
You are such a terrible liar, Lorenzo.
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