– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The Transformers franchise is one of radical highs and lows. The box office numbers have always been very high, and the reception from critics have generally been very low. Obviously, one of those aspects is more influential than the other, and as a result, we’ve seen four Transformers flicks hit the big screen, and the fifth is on its way later this year.

At the end of each movie, it seems like it’s the last for director Michael Bay, and on the heels of Transformers: Age of Extinction, we were almost confident that Michael Bay was once again ready to say sayonara to this long-running film franchise. However, much to our surprise, Bay returned yet again for a fifth outing, and as he’s told fans a few times in the past, the big gamechanger here came in the form of the writers’ room.

Rather than make each film one at a time, as they’ve been doing, in order to secure the quality of the franchise, Paramount threw together a room of big Hollywood writers — led by the Oscar-winning Akiva Goldsman — to help plan out the next set of films to be produced by the studios. To be clear, this would not mean that they would sit down and write these movies, but rather that they would outline the broad strokes of the universe to come.

So how many films did they provide outlines for? According to Michael Bay at a recent fan event intro, Bay revealed that the writers have currently outlined 14 stories! 

That’s right. If you thought the Transformers universe was anywhere near done at this point, you were sadly mistaken. Like Marvel Studios, it looks like Paramount is planning for this franchise to exist in perpetuity. And who could blame them? Thus far, these flicks have been amazingly profitable. All that’s been missing is the positive critical reception. With these (hopefully) solid stories now outlined, perhaps it will give them that missing piece of the pie that could help each film reach in the neighborhood of $1.5 billion and beyond!

Now, it has to be said that in the event, it also seemed to indicate that Michael Bay had essentially 14 stories from which to pick from his next film, so it’s unclear right now, if any of them will see the light of day down the line.

What do you think of this news? Assuming the stories start to get better, would you be up for seeing another 14 movies? Let us know in the comments down below!

Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters on June 23, 2017.

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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.