Hasbro is not done with the “Transformers” franchise yet, even if the gaudy action movies have become a bit of a national joke after the latest lackluster film.
At an investor conference for Toy Fair, Hasbro’s Tom Warner spilled the news about the three upcoming “Transformers” movies, including details about release dates, potential plots and directors. Michael Bay, the director for all the previous movies in the series, is set to direct the untitled “Transformers 5,” which is scheduled for release on June 23, 2017.
After the fifth installment is complete, Bay plans to pass the franchise on to another director, meaning the sixth and seventh movies will not be under his control.
While some might be nervous about a Bay-less “Transformers,” fans might be drawn to “Transformers 6” anyway, since the movie will not be a continuation of franchise’s preexisting story, but a spinoff of sorts focused on Bumblebee.
From the time the very first movie hit theaters, fans have adored the Bumblebee character, so giving him his own spin off seems like a logical choice. If they can’t re-create the magic of original characters Sam (Shia Labeouf) and Mikaela (Megan Fox), maybe they can cash in on the hype surrounding their Transformer buddy, Bumblebee. “Transformers 6” is set to premiere June 8, 2018.
Not much is known about “Transformer 7,” except that its tentative release date will be June 28, 2019.