Michael Bay really means it this time: This is his last Transformers movie.
Although it's been pretty much assumed all along that Bay would be getting back into the director's chair for Transformers 5, he was still not officially confirmed to do so as late as last September, when he posted this on Twitter:
Re: directing TF5. No, it's not official. I have not committed to any idea as of yet. Just met with Steven and we are discussing.— Michael Bay (@michaelbay) September 17, 2015
Speaking now with Rolling Stone, however, Bay confirmed that he is directing the film and starting preproduction on it now, but adds that this is the end of the road for him and the shapeshifting robots:
“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. I have to pass the reins to someone else.”
Reminded that he said he was done after both Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Transformers: Age of Extinction, Bay replies:
“I know...J.J. [Abrams] told me, ‘You’re the only guy that could do this.’ But it’s time to move on. One more.”
It's hard to imagine one director staying for so long with the same franchise, especially one that has little on its mind besides destruction and explosions, so I'm not surprised that Bay wants to bow out after doing his fifth entry. After all, how many times can he make essentially the same movie?
Still, a lot of people go to see this series of pictures, so the money and box-office clout must be hard to resist. And Bay himself doesn't stray too far from the action genre even when he's not working with Autobots and Decepticons, so we'll believe he's not directing Transformer 6 when we see someone else's name on the credits. Who do you think that person should be?