The Transformers movies have always been massively successful (whether you like them or not), and Michael Bay deserves a lot of credit for that. However, given the sporadic release of the four instalments he’s so far helmed for Paramount Pictures, you can understand why the studio wants to expand this universe after Transformers: The Last Knight.
Those plans have so far involved assembling a writer’s room to work on a series of spinoffs, with the first one set to revolve around Bumblebee. Beyond that, we don’t really know what to expect, but the possibilities are endless and there’s already been talk of both a sixth movie after Transformers: The Last Knight as well as an animated spinoff set on Cybertron.
During a recent interview, producer Lornezo di Bonaventura confirmed that Transformers: The Last Knight will definitely set the stage for those planned spinoffs, but will still very much be its own thing.
“You’ll see some things in here that are laying a pipe. You won’t necessarily know that it’s laying a pipe for another movie, but it’s there. We’re not making this movie to setup the other movies. That’s what I’m trying to say. If you get too carried away with that, you stop thinking about this movie. And this movie, the two lines of mythology in a sense give you freedom to go a lot of different places later on that may or may not directly relate to another movie, but it’s opening up the universe in a way that I think, in that way it’s probably the most provocative, in terms of the movie. It’s opening a really large universe of what Transformers is, and where they’ve come from, and how we relate to them, and how they relate to themselves.”
That’s an interesting approach, and one which should help open the door to a shared universe for the Transformers characters in a pretty seamless way if it pans out how the producer promises. Many studios have tried and failed to emulate the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so the pressure is now on for Paramount to deliver with Transformers: The Last Knight.
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