Michael Bay Doesn't Want to Direct 'Transformers 5'

'Transformers: Age of Extinction' director Michael Bay reveals he wants to pass the baton on to a new filmmaker for the upcoming 'Transformers 5'.
When Michael Bay signed on to direct Transformers: Age of Extinction, it wasn't known if this project will be his last in the Transformers franchise, or if he will return for Transformers 5. During a recent interview with USA Today, the filmmaker revealed that he will, "pass the baton for future Transformer movies to a new director," starting with Transformers 5.

Here's what the filmmaker had to say about the "new direction" he wants to take with his career.

"There's kind of a new chapter, a new direction in movies I want to make. I have a lot of stories to tell. And it's about flexing new muscles."


Among the projects he is considering is a passion project of his, a documentary centering on elephant poaching. The filmmaker hasn't announced which directorial project he will take on next, but he also produced upcoming movies such as Ouija and Project Almanac, along current TV shows The Last Ship and Black Sails.

Back in November, Michael Bay hinted that he may be coming back for Transformers 5, but it seems that may now have changed. However, it's worth nothing that he also said Transformers: Dark of the Moon would be his last movie in the franchise, before eventually coming back to make Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura revealed in an interview with Screen Rant back in June that they are trying to keep Michael Bay at the helm for this franchise.

"I think it's one of those classic things where somebody reported that and suddenly it became our plan. We have never discussed the idea of how to hand it off, honestly. It's not like we don't think, well what happens if Michael doesn't do it, of course you do. But we want to keep Michael on this, so we're not spending any time worrying about who could come in. We're trying to figure out how to keep him going and keep him excited."


Paramount Pictures announced back in June that Transformers 5 will be released in 2016, although it isn't clear what cast members will be coming back or who will even direct it at this point.

Are you excited to see a different filmmaker taking the helm for Transformers 5? Or would you like to see Michael Bay return to direct? Chime in with your thoughts below.

Transformers 5 comes to theaters in 2016 and stars Mark Wahlberg. The film is directed by Michael Bay.



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Comments (26)

  1. Justhim_sir

    give it to someone else so it could have a different look and feel.

    1 month agoby @justhim-sirFlag

  2. Hideki Ryuga

    If Bays is not coming for T5 and they continue it will be the last of it

    1 month agoby @h-ryugaFlag

  3. ejk1

    Bay says he doesn't want to, but we'll see what he says when the studio makes its pitch...

    1 month agoby @ejk1Flag

  4. thedude-abides

    Good. Four films was three too many anyway. I'd rather seem him take on different material.

    1 month agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  5. Writer220

    No to T5 and please reboot it but this time please pay homage to the cartoon.

    1 month agoby @writer220Flag

  6. JLARREA

    He made the biggest mistake with the 2nd part and continued on. Its just my opinion I respect Bay in some many ways but he failed with this enormous responsability - too much bad comedy too dummie / fat and old robots and a horrible plot. Its time for a change and a good reboot

    1 month agoby @jlarreaFlag

  7. Sean

    @bellandedward1 I think that would be great !

    1 month agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  8. Dfella504

    stop being a bunch of dicks.....

    1 month agoby @dfellaFlag

  9. JLARREA

    Mr Bay please leave the franchise. Its imperative a reboot

    1 month agoby @jlarreaFlag

  10. renodc

    He made the same comment after Transformers 3, but unfortunately changed his mind. Hopefully, he won't change his mind this time and just serve as producer.

    1 month agoby @renodcFlag

  11. CoreyB

    @bellandedward1 Now that would be sick

    1 month agoby @CoreyBFlag

  12. JasonKat

    yea yea hes saying that now cause the last1 was really bad, , imagin if it wasnt bad, he would be back on board in a heart beat.
    Transformers is 1 of those movies that really needs a reboot, we can just pretend like (4) never happened but that be hard to swallow. and it wouldnt be fair to the people who already paid to ee it. not to mention ANOTHER REBOOT".
    But if bay is gone 4 sure then ya it needs a reboot from scratch . recast evrybody. from part4. focus on a really good story. and take it from there.
    Transformers 9part1) was the best1. hopefully there will be another just like that1. but extended to 3 films rather than have 3 diff stories going on.
    Theres really nowhere to go after how bay left it. so a reboot/remake is a much but i think they should wait it out until 2017 or 2018 maybe 2020.

    1 month agoby @jasonkatFlag

  13. K.Guy

    "I think it's one of those classic things where somebody reported that and suddenly it became our plan. We have never discussed the idea of how to hand it off, honestly. It's not like we don't think, well what happens if Michael doesn't do it, of course you do. But we want to keep Michael on this, so we're not spending any time worrying about who could come in. We're trying to figure out how to keep him going and keep him excited."

    ... That just sounded greedy

    1 month agoby @kguyFlag

  14. darkdream

    Thanks goodness this is great news, not for ghee transformers films cause they lick balls, no this is good cause now bay can move onto something else like bad boys 3 or another film like pain and gain

    1 month agoby @darkdreamFlag

  15. Chris Smallwood

    "Transformers 5 comes to theaters in 2016 and stars Mark Wahlberg. The film is directed by Michael Bay. " Where's the editing to this article?

    1 month agoby @Chris-SmallwoodFlag

  16. Celestialforthcoming

    there is still hope yet

    1 month agoby @CelestialforthcomingFlag

  17. Michael Kolesik

    HOLY SH*T. There is a God!

    1 month agoby @Michael-KolesikFlag

  18. The Real Goku

    make bad boys 3 before will and martin are seniors

    1 month agoby @therealGokuFlag

  19. TheDude1

    "Michael Bay Doesn't Want to Direct 'Transformers 5'"

    Fans don't want him to either.

    1 month agoby @thedude1Flag

  20. Writer220

    okay

    1 month agoby @writer220Flag

  21. Mka47

    Best news of the year!

    1 month agoby @mka47Flag

  22. Cartman

    So Transformers 5 will have good reviews but wont be making money at the BO. Only MB can be the king of BO!

    1 month agoby @c-a-r-t-m-a-nFlag

  23. Brizzy

    Hope he doesn't leave..

    1 month agoby @BrizzyFlag

  24. Brizzy

    @bellandedward1 Good luck with that.

    1 month agoby @BrizzyFlag

  25. ObiWanShinobi

    I hope he doesn't leave but if he does, please do Bad Boys 3.

    1 month agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  26. Bellandedward1

    Get Steven Spielberg to direct

    1 month agoby @bellandedward1Flag