Development on Transformers 5 is set to get underway with franchise director Michael Bay returning to helm the next instalment in the series.
Bay, who was initially unsure whether he wanted to direct the next Transformers movie, is now confirmed to hop into the director’s chair for the follow-up to Transformers: Age of Extinction, which was one of the highest-grossing films of 2014.
Mark Wahlberg, who will return to reprise the role of Cade Yeager, discussed his and Bay’s reunion in a recent interview:
“Akiva [Goldsman] and those guys are starting to write and break stories, and stuff like that. But Bay is in Malta shooting Benghazi, and I’m in New Orleans shooting Deepwater. We’ll get together when he gets back.”
As for Akiva Goldsman, the writer heading up the script for Transformers 5, he gave some details on what to expect from the next sequel, and hinted at more movies that could see the introduction of the Beast Wars, a spin-off on the Transformers story arc which saw the Transformers taking animalistic forms.
“We will look at the toys, the TV shows, the merchandise, everything that has been generated by Hasbro, from popular to forgotten iterations, and establish a mythological time line,” said Goldsman to Collider. It has been designed with a lot of visual help, toys, robots, sketches and writers and artists. After that super saturation, the writers will figure out not one, but numerous films that will extend the universe.”
“If one of the writers discovers an affinity for Beast Wars, they can drive forward on treatments that will have been fleshed out by the whole room,” Goldsman said.
The next film is also reportedly being split into two parts, and will revolve around Optimus facing the Quintessons with help from his second-in-command Ultra Magnus. This might begin a chain of events leading to the eventual confrontation with Unicron, the planet-devouring father of the Decepticons. Many fans have been waiting a long time for the possibility of this Transformers 5 news, or whatever sequel Unicron might appear in.