– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Love them or hate them, there are going to be Transformers movies for years to come. Though tonight’s release of Transformers: The Last Knight marks the final Transformers that Michael Bay will direct (or so he says…), it will not be the last in the franchise, with a Bumblebee spinoff coming next, and countless other projects dreamed up by the twelve writers Bay rounded up for his “writers’ room.” The Last Knight is already the fifth in the franchise, with the first debuting a decade ago in 2007. Bay has directed all five films in the franchise, so far…  

Fandango had an extensive conversation with Bay, who revealed that The Last Knight teases what comes next:

“If you watch it closely, there are a lot of ways that this movie can go from here. So it’s basically like a launching board for wherever the series will continue.” 

I guess you could say that about nearly any franchise film, especially in the age of the “Movie Universe,” but I haven’t seen the film, so I can’t say how direct it will be in setting up future films, or what plot-points it may leave open for future filmmakers. Like Bay said, “Watch it closely,” when/if you go see Transformers: The Last Knight.

Bay also addressed whether or not we would ever see an R-rated movie in the franchise:

“I would love that. I’ve always said that I think that would be a great idea. I don’t know if Hasbro would ever have it work, but I think it would be a great idea.” 

Another vague, non-committal answer from Michael Bay, everyone! It sounds like he’s learned a thing or two from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige about secrecy and leaving questions he can’t answer open-ended. It also sounds like Hasbro is putting the same pressure on as Disney to not to allow their universes to dip into R-rated territory, for now. 

Are you seeing Transformers: The Last Knight this week? If so, are you down for more? How would you feel about an R-rated entry? Let us know in the comment section below!

Transformers: The Last Knight is now in theaters.

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SOURCE: Fandango

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.