In what may sound like a bit of "I've heard this before" news, director, Michael Bay has announced that the upcoming fourth film he's helming in the Transformers franchise will indeed be his last.
While discussing the new $100 million Transformers-themed 3D ride at Universal Studios Hollywood, Bay briefly touched on some tidbits for the fourth film. In an interview with the LA Times' Hero Complex, Bay reveals that part 4 will "include some redesign of the robots and an entirely new cast."
Just as he did during the promotional phase for last year's Dark of the Moon, Bay states that this will be his last film in the franchise. However, this time, he also implies that with this film, he will be setting the franchise up "for the next guy."
It certainly opens a lot of possibilities to see Bay hand-off the baton of the Transformers franchise with an all-new cast and redesigned bots to someone else.
While Dark of the Moon did seem to flow like a proper coda to the franchise, there's always a way to bring things back to form. (Especially if Ninja Turtles can be aliens.)
It might be good (and sensible, business-wise) to see some of the characters from the current Transformers Prime animated series make their debut on the big screen. While the films could still maintain their awe-inspiring visuals, they could hopefully be more character-driven and less focused on explosions and product placement. (Something I say with complete awareness that these films are actually really expensive toy commercials.)
The Transformers film franchise obviously had a little more in it than three films, so this certainly comes as no big surprise. However, it's still nice to know that, for what they're worth, they'll still be around and that we could soon get another director's interpretation.