Every time Michael Bay puts out a film, even a smaller one like his latest, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, the entire Internet launches into the same refrain: “His movies suck! Why doesn’t he just to quit?” Listen, if you got paid millions of dollars to do your dream job and the only downside was some dude with a MacBook said your exploding robot movie was dumb, would you quit? Also, Pain & Gain was great, so they’re not all misses.
But I digress. The point is that Michael Bay has made four very lucrative Transformers films in the last decade or so, and every time he makes one a large portion of the world hopes it’s the last time he sullies their childhood memories of Megatron. Before the fourth installment, Age of Extinction, Bay suggested that would actually be the case, claiming he was heading in a “new direction”. When he set out to make 13 Hours instead of Transformers 5: Marky Mark Returns, we were dumb enough to believe him. We were wrong.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Bay confirmed he is in fact directing the fifth Transformers flick, but he swears he’s done after that. So whose fault is this? Apparently, we have J.J. Abrams to thank, because he told Bay he was “the only guy” who could direct Transformers (if he means no one else could’ve made Revenge of the Fallen quite so ridiculous, he’s probably right). So Bay got behind the wheel of a shape-shifting 18-wheeler again, but honestly, five is enough. He means it this time.
“Transformers, I still have a great time. It’s fun to do a movie that 100 million people will see. But this is the last one,” Bay said. “I have to pass the reins to someone else.”
There’s no word yet on who will take the reins from Bay for Transformers 6, but since Hasbro has more or less guarnateed that we’ll keep getting more of these movies until the trumpets sound on Judgement Day, they’re probably already lining up candidates.