When Transformers: The Last Knight rolls into theaters next summer, Michael Bay’s lavish blockbuster will stand as both a continuation of the franchise and a platform for future movies, according to series producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
Chatting to Screen Rant, di Bonaventura teased that The Last Knight contains “two or three things” that will seemingly plant the necessary seeds for Paramount’s slate of spinoff films – spinoff films that may well take place in different eras in history. Exactly how 2017’s sequel sets up the future of the Transformers universe remains to be seen, but thanks to yesterday’s barnstorming trailer reveal, we do have a better sense of what to expect from The Last Knight.
Here, Lorenzo di Bonaventura delves a little deeper into Paramount’s sci-fi universe.
“There’s probably, in a really meaningful way, two or three things in this movie that really have a meaningful aspect, and then there’s a bunch of little things. But we’re not making this movie to set up 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 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’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.”
Invading Decepticons aren’t the only cause for concern in Transformers: The Last Knight. According to franchise newcomer Santiago Cabrera, Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) and co. will have to contend with the Transformers Reaction Force (TRF), a private group of elite soldiers tasked with hunting down and destroying any and all robots in disguise – regardless of whether they’re Autobot or Decepticon.
Per Screen Rant:
My backstory would be that I was a SEAL but I’ve retired and I’m on contract, I’ve been hired –The TRF has been formed to fight the Transformers, so my orders are I don’t care if they’re Autobots of Decepticons we gotta stop this war. So I’m a team leader and I’ve come with my team to fight them and what I find and when I see Cade Yeager is harboring them he becomes the enemy basically.
Signalling something of a new beginning for the franchise as a whole, Transformers: The Last Knight will descend into theaters on June 23, 2017. A Bumblebee-centric movie is also in the cards, which may well have entered development as an R-rated, Tarantino-esque offshoot had things panned out differently.