Michael Bay Might Not Direct Next Transformers Movie

Michael Bay Might Not Direct Next Transformers Movie

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Director Michael Bay has said he wants to hand over helming duties of Transformers 5 to another director, so he can work on other projects.

If the last four Transformers films wasn't your cup of tea, then you might in luck. Director Michael Bay, who directed the four live-action Transformers movies, has expressed that he wants to hand over the franchise to another director so he can work on other projects. Speaking to USA Today, Bay states, "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." If Bay really does decide to not direct the next Transformers film, that director has an uphill climb, as the latest Bay-directed action film has already proven to be a big hit commercially.

While no one was named as who can replace Bay, Transformers 5 is already set to hit theaters in 2016. As for Bay's other brewing projects, his name is attached to the recently released latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film as a producer, which earned over $60 million on its opening weekend, with a sequel already planned to for release in June 2016. Bay's next project to hit theaters will be horror film Ouija, which he's producing and will be out this October 24 in North America.

Whom do you want to replace Michael Bay if and when he decides gigantic robots aren't his thing anymore? Bigger question is: do you even want the Transformers film franchise to continue after Age of Extinction?

Source: USA Today via IGN

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I really don't want him to leave it now, i would like it if he saw the last 2 films through.

But if that wont happen, Guilmero Del Toro is my first choice.

Neill Blomkamp. Doubt he'd ever take on such a project, but I reckon he'd find a way to take even a ridiculous script and give it some kind of substance. Plus he's almost second to none when it comes to directing Sci-Fi action at the moment.

I'd rather see a reboot of the whole franchise though a bit further down the track so as to give everyone time to forget the abominations Bay unleashed.

EDIT: oh and almost forgot, he's actually friends with Michael Bay, so a handover wouldn't be out of the question...

Well at least he's courteous enough to only trample all over one nostalgic franchise at a time.

RJ 17:
Well at least he's courteous enough to only trample all over one nostalgic franchise at a time.

Didn't he also do the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street reboots at the same time he was working on TF2?

Yeah, yeah. We heard the same thing when they announced Transformers 4. He said he didn't want to do it and that he was finished with it. Lo and behold he came back almost immediately. Somehow I doubt he's going to pass on this one either.

Besides which, even if he does pass the torch I think the next director is going to be contractually required to direct it exactly the same way, lest they break whatever is currently working with these movies (and dear god I have no idea what that is, because it sure isn't quality).

I wonder what his next franchise would be then?

Maybe Gargoyles?
Anyone else think of any decent childhood memories he hasn't ruined yet?

Its a shame really, I thought he finally got the mix right on 4. But I'm sure there is someone else who can do just as good if not better. there always is, they just gotta find him/her. Imagine one done by Peter Jackson! That I would see!

Its a shame really, I thought he finally got the mix right on 4. But I'm sure there is someone else who can do just as good if not better. there always is, they just gotta find him. Imagine one done by Peter Jackson! that I would see!

JenSeven:
I wonder what his next franchise would be then?

Maybe Gargoyles?
Anyone else think of any decent childhood memories he hasn't ruined yet?

My bet is on He-Man, if they are still looking for a director or another producer to throw in his (worthless) 2 cents.

Otherwise, Power Rangers. Why not turn that into a semi-sexist, hard PG-13, mindless action movie where the putties blow up like powder kegs and the Megazords are basically Transformers with pilots, eh Bay?

Holy shit. There is a god.

I was happy until i saw he want to work on other 'projects'. Now I'm expecting a human centipede level of butchery of some more childhood memories.

Ouija looks like a cliche piece of crap. Has Bay lost his passion for movies now? Wouldnt mind another Bad Boys movie.

JenSeven:
I wonder what his next franchise would be then?

Maybe Gargoyles?
Anyone else think of any decent childhood memories he hasn't ruined yet?

I've heard this argument for a while now. How exactly is your childhood memory ruined? Did Bay invent a time machine and replace all the old Transformers and TMNT material with things he directed? You realize that you can't change someone's memory of their past, right?
Now you can say he didn't do your memories justice, that would be a more accurate statement. But ruin your childhood? Can't happen and using that claim is just petty and disingenuous. Please try something else because statements like that just sound really stupid.
Also I doubt Bay can do a worse job than Season 3 of Gargoyles.

OT: I can't say I'm sad to see him go, but then also I didn't hate the Transformers movies either, just the lead actor for the first three. I wasn't super impressed but I was entertained at least.
And TMNT could never have lived up to my expectations because the original live action movie was and will always be my favorite. The only way someone could make it better is if they used Eastman and Laird's original series as a basis and a movie like that would be rated "R".

Imperioratorex Caprae:
But ruin your childhood? Can't happen and using that claim is just petty and disingenuous.

I agree with the statement that Michael Bay isn't ruining childhood memories, but I disagree with the idea that childhood memories can't be ruined by things which happen in adulthood. It's entirely possible to later find out things which give an unpleasant or uncomfortable context to things you had fond memories of as a child. Most of the things I can think of that would do that are pretty much all extreme though - Generally variations on 'finding out person you loved was actually a murderer/rapist/Generally Bad Person'

Falterfire:

Imperioratorex Caprae:
But ruin your childhood? Can't happen and using that claim is just petty and disingenuous.

I agree with the statement that Michael Bay isn't ruining childhood memories, but I disagree with the idea that childhood memories can't be ruined by things which happen in adulthood. It's entirely possible to later find out things which give an unpleasant or uncomfortable context to things you had fond memories of as a child. Most of the things I can think of that would do that are pretty much all extreme though - Generally variations on 'finding out person you loved was actually a murderer/rapist/Generally Bad Person'

Thats possible, but a very subjective issue there. But I was more speaking along the lines of what people use that argument for, which is toys/tv shows/video games/etc.

ron1n:
Neill Blomkamp. Doubt he'd ever take on such a project, but I reckon he'd find a way to take even a ridiculous script and give it some kind of substance. Plus he's almost second to none when it comes to directing Sci-Fi action at the moment.

I'd rather see a reboot of the whole franchise though a bit further down the track so as to give everyone time to forget the abominations Bay unleashed.

EDIT: oh and almost forgot, he's actually friends with Michael Bay, so a handover wouldn't be out of the question...

Are you sure it's Michael Bay? He's friends with Sharlto Copley, who's stared in both his movies (District 9 and Elysium) as well as the A-Team remake. And he also has relations with Peter Jackson, who brought Blomkamp into the spotlight and helped with Production of District 9. I've not seen anywhere any evidence of Blomkamp and Bay knowing each other well other than maybe a casual greeting at Hollywood events.

Another note is that Blomkamp is in post-production for his science fiction comedy Chappie set to release next year (A-list actors of Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, and again Sharlto Copley). After that he mentioned that he will be doing a District 9 sequel, although I don't think he even has a full script penned yet.

cool BUT damage has already been done, i dont think this can be saved now unless they Reboot Transformers with out so many stupid shit and plotholes and have it be about THE TRANSFORMERS and no some stupid kid and his love life

He said the same exact thing last time. Then Paramount backed a dump truck full of money to his front lawn and he said "derp ok"

With the massive global box office Age of Extinction pulled in, I expect a repeat of events. Unfortunately.

I don't know how much blame for Transformers lies with Bay and how much lies with the script writers. The first movie was...okay-ish, but the second one was a steaming pile of turd and I refused to see any of the others because of it. Is that due to the director or the writers? Who thought up the somewhat racist twin Autobots for the second movie? Who decided to make the Decepticons virtually indistinguishable from one another in robot form (and the Autobots not much better other than Prime and Bumblebee)? Who thought it would be a great idea to have Frenzy hump Megan Fox's leg? I just don't think Bay is responsible for all of these atrocities.

So Bay being on the way out may not matter that much. It might get better when they kick the writers to the curb and get some people who actually like the material they are working with.

JenSeven:

I wonder what his next franchise would be then?

Maybe Gargoyles?
Anyone else think of any decent childhood memories he hasn't ruined yet?

I'm pretty certain Disney owns Gargoyles so that probably wouldn't happen.

Imperioratorex Caprae:

I've heard this argument for a while now. How exactly is your childhood memory ruined? Did Bay invent a time machine and replace all the old Transformers and TMNT material with things he directed? You realize that you can't change someone's memory of their past, right?
Now you can say he didn't do your memories justice, that would be a more accurate statement. But ruin your childhood? Can't happen and using that claim is just petty and disingenuous. Please try something else because statements like that just sound really stupid.

I like Duke Nukem 1&2. I also liked Duke Nukem 3D though that might've been due to being a teenager at the time.

But now anytime I would have a feeling to talk about Duke Nukem, a newer audiences knowledge might enforce the idea I like Duke Nukem Forever. Some even going as far as proclaiming that I grew up with the Duke Nukem era of FPSs when Duke Nukem 3D was part of the Doom era of FPSs.

(And no not Wolfenstein despite coming before Doom as Doom is what made FPSs famous.)

So at best new versions of one's childhood could ruin someone's ability to talk about their childhood. And this is then followed up on the need to prevent newer critics from rewriting history based on their lack of knowledge.

So even if no one had a time machine they could in a sense still ruin your childhood by simply trying to rewrite history.

COMaestro:
I just don't think Bay is responsible for all of these atrocities.

I'm no film expert but I've always assumed that as the director nothing goes on screen without his approval. Like he had to read and approve the script before production, and then he'll see all the stuff you've mentioned before we do and make the decision to either keep it or cut it, obviously he chose to keep it. He's not solely at a fault since as you said he's not on the writing staff, but end of the day he decided that it was good enough to make a movie out of and thus responsible for what we're seeing on the big screen.

More on topic as much as I dislike the films, Bay has been a big part into making the movies into a very, very profitable franchise and I would imagine the studios making a huge effort to keep him at the helm. So as far as a new director is concerned, I'll believe it when I see it.

RatGouf:

JenSeven:

I wonder what his next franchise would be then?

Maybe Gargoyles?
Anyone else think of any decent childhood memories he hasn't ruined yet?

I'm pretty certain Disney owns Gargoyles so that probably wouldn't happen.

Imperioratorex Caprae:

I've heard this argument for a while now. How exactly is your childhood memory ruined? Did Bay invent a time machine and replace all the old Transformers and TMNT material with things he directed? You realize that you can't change someone's memory of their past, right?
Now you can say he didn't do your memories justice, that would be a more accurate statement. But ruin your childhood? Can't happen and using that claim is just petty and disingenuous. Please try something else because statements like that just sound really stupid.

I like Duke Nukem 1&2. I also liked Duke Nukem 3D though that might've been due to being a teenager at the time.

But now anytime I would have a feeling to talk about Duke Nukem, a newer audiences knowledge might enforce the idea I like Duke Nukem Forever. Some even going as far as proclaiming that I grew up with the Duke Nukem era of FPSs when Duke Nukem 3D was part of the Doom era of FPSs.

(And no not Wolfenstein despite coming before Doom as Doom is what made FPSs famous.)

So at best new versions of one's childhood could ruin someone's ability to talk about their childhood. And this is then followed up on the need to prevent newer critics from rewriting history based on their lack of knowledge.

So even if no one had a time machine they could in a sense still ruin your childhood by simply trying to rewrite history.

Other folk's shortsighted view of the world doesn't change what you enjoyed as a kid/teenager, no matter what people who never experienced it say. Your argument would imply that anyone who doesn't appreciate say any older games because they didn't grow up with them or experienced newer versions first invalidates your ability to enjoy them, which is untrue.
If you allow people to color your view of your childhood, you're giving them power over you that they shouldn't have. Don't ever let someone else dictate what made you happy. Its like allowing the Star Wars Prequels ruin the original trilogy. Just because they happened doesn't mean what you liked before is now shit.

Well the latest one was a steaming pile of overlong, underwritten shite, so I hope he's done with it. It's a shame as I really enjoyed the first one, but the last two had rather similar plot, with a new cast, new enemy and dinosaurs.

Deathfish15:

Are you sure it's Michael Bay? He's friends with Sharlto Copley, who's stared in both his movies (District 9 and Elysium) as well as the A-Team remake. And he also has relations with Peter Jackson, who brought Blomkamp into the spotlight and helped with Production of District 9. I've not seen anywhere any evidence of Blomkamp and Bay knowing each other well other than maybe a casual greeting at Hollywood events.

I know who Sharlto Copley is lol -_-
It's listed on Neills IMDB page under trivia.

Also a quick google search popped up this interview he did alongside copley:

Blomkamp and Copley are in a booth at the ArcLight café prior to the promotional event, and when Bay's name comes up, Copley exclaims, "Michael Bay? Ohhhh!" Blomkamp has a more measured take: "It's not just blowing stuff up," he says. "I like the way he composes scenes and action. He's inspiring." (Turns out Blomkamp is a longtime Bay fanboy; when he was 19, he made a failed pilgrimage to LA to meet the man.)

So stands to reason they're at the very least, probably on friendly terms/friendly acquaintances *shrug*

And yeah he's doing post-production on chappie, but I'm pretty sure in the fantastical universe that they actually went after him for transformers, they'd make time allowances.

Thank goodness - we might actually get a half-decent or better Transformers movie with Bay out of the picture

JenSeven:
I wonder what his next franchise would be then?

Maybe Gargoyles?
Anyone else think of any decent childhood memories he hasn't ruined yet?

He can always fall back on Teddy Ruxpin.

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