Michael Bay Plans to Pass TRANSFORMERS 5 Director Duties to Another Filmmaker

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The overall box office has been down this summer despite there being an atypical number of genuinely good movies in theaters, but one film that didn’t disappoint at the box office was Transformers: Age of Extinction.  Though the pic will likely be eclipsed stateside by Guardians of the Galaxy as the top domestic earner of the summer, Age of Extinction has already crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide.  Consequently, of course there will be a Transformers 5, but the question now turns to who will direct it.  Michael Bay has helmed each and every Transformers movie thus far, even though he briefly gave up directing duties on Transformers 4 before ultimately deciding to helm the movie anyway.

Now Bay is apparently planning on handing over the Transformers 5 director chair to another filmmaker, but will it hold?  More after the jump.

mark-wahlberg-michael-bay-transformers-5Buried in a USA Today article on the Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (via /Film), comes the news that Bay is currently planning on not directing Transformers 5:

Bay, 49, believes he will pass the baton for future Transformer movies to a new director while he turns his focus elsewhere.

Bay himself elaborated on this “new direction” for the filmmaker:

“There’s kind of a new chapter, a new direction in movies I want to make,” says Bay, who is eyeing a passion project, a documentary on elephant poaching. “I have a lot of stories to tell. And it’s about flexing new muscles.”

transformers-5-michael-bayWhen Steve spoke to Bay the Age of Extinction junket, the filmmaker admitted that he honestly didn’t know if he’d be returning to direct Transformers 5, but he did question how much more he could bring to the franchise:

“They are so fucking hard to make.  They’re hard.  4,000 people worked on [Age of Extinction], and it’s every day for two years, seven days a week… How long can you do Transformers, you know what I’m saying?  And after you see this movie, you think, ‘Well what the hell am I going to do next?’”

But of course, Bay said similar comments after directing Transformers: Dark of the Moon, expressing his desire for a new filmmaker to come and inject his or her own sensibilities into the franchise, only to decide to semi-reboot the Transformers world himself.  After looking at the grosses of each film in the franchise, you can bet that Paramount and the Transformers producers will do everything in their power to woo Bay back for T5, but will the filmmaker be swayed or will he finally step back and hand over the reins?  Time will tell.

What do you think, readers?  Do you want to see Bay stick with the franchise, or would you rather him make another Pain & Gain-type movie?  If Bay does depart Transformers, who would you like to see step in and take over the world?  Sound off in the comments below.

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  • Person

    Haters, rejoice!

    • brNdon

      As a hater, I’d prefer it wasn’t made at all.

      • Guest

        But the next movie will be dark and grounded in reality. Now you wanna see it, right?

      • Guest

        But the next movie will be dark and grounded in reality. Now you wanna see it, right?

    • suave

      it doesn’t matter, its still Bay’s Transformers universe with his retarded designs and characters, more of the same

      • MIXTER

        True, only way out, is if they somehow travel back in time, to the 80s, change future events, no witwiki, no fancy modern cars, and look closer to the original designs without all the clutter. Kinda like Transformers, the voyage home.

    • suave

      it doesn’t matter, its still Bay’s Transformers universe with his retarded designs and characters, more of the same

    • GrimReaper07

      Are there people who don’t hate these movies?

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I’d guess the hordes that throw their money at each film making them both box office successes and proof to studios that CGI > actual quality.

      • spaceMONkeyx01

        Nothing wrong with CGI. Its not CGI artists fault bay is horrible director. Planet of the apes movies are cgi r they r pretty gud. Good animated movies from pixar and other studio are cgi do u hate those too?

      • spaceMONkeyx01

        Nothing wrong with CGI. Its not CGI artists fault bay is horrible director. Planet of the apes movies are cgi r they r pretty gud. Good animated movies from pixar and other studio are cgi do u hate those too?

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Your reading comprehension is horrible. I’m not saying there’s anything inherently wrong with CGI, the problem is only when you think packing in as much CGI as possible can act as a substitute for quality in storytelling/character development/etc.

      • MIXTER

        Its not cgi, its concept design at fault. same with Turtles. overdesigned for the OCD kids.

      • GrimReaper07

        Yeah I know it makes a lot of money but I’ve never seen anyone who said they enjoyed the film do so without a bit of guilt or admitting they weren’t good movies.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        The phrase “just turn your brain off for two hours” will be the death of quality blockbusters.

      • spaceMONkeyx01

        So will “i hate everthing with CGI” mentality. Not directed towards u, just saying.

      • GrimReaper07

        That definitively wouldn’t hurt the industry since practical effects actually look better than CGI.

      • spaceMONkeyx01

        Sure they should have made every pixar movie with practical effect. Use practical effect where it suits best and use CGI where it suits best. But this “I hate everything CGI” mentality is just nuts.

      • GrimReaper07

        Animated films are an entirely different beast, and you know that. Besides, I do also lament the fact that CGI rules almost all animated films now too. Most Studio Ghibli’s movies look better than anything Pixar’s ever done, and I love Pixar.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Princess Mononoke is still one of animation’s unrivaled masterpieces in my mind.

      • GrimReaper07

        It’s easily one of my favorite films ever. Everything, from story, characters, visual and music (my god that effind soundtrack) is perfect.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        That’s one of the few soundtracks on normal rotation on my phone. Also, one of my favorite American voice casts ever assembled for a Ghibli movie.

      • GrimReaper07

        Yeah Ghibli tends to nail the american translation. I was surprised when I saw Mononoke because it was one of my first anime movies ever and I was used to bad voice actors.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Exactly. Far too often the voice acting is laughably, horribly, awfully bad. Like it hurts my ability to watch the movie. But Disney (who’s been responsible for American distribution and dubbing) has done a superb job.

      • GrimReaper07

        I do love bad voice acting in kung fu films though. It somehow makes the experience so much better.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I think it’s the difference between Ghibli films needing good dubbing to help you invest in the story/characters/etc., whereas Kung Fu movies don’t really have stories beyond a flimsy reason for people to go all out in crazy stunts. I think the best evidence of that is The Raid 2, which has both a decent story and crazy ass stunts, and consequently watching it with the horrendously bad dubbing sabotages the experience even if the main attraction is the fight sequences.

      • GrimReaper07

        Yeah, I know. Bad dubbing enhances the cheese factor. Some movies are better because of it but most aren’t.

      • spaceMONkeyx01

        That i agree and so is Spirited away.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I’ll admit, I’ve only watched Spirited away twice in my life: once in theaters and then a year later. That one just doesn’t grip me the same way others like Mononoke or Howl’s Moving Castle do.

      • GrimReaper07

        Oh man, watch it again. It’s Miyazaki’s Alice in Wonderland. I adore it and its my second favorite Ghibli film.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I’m kind of holding out until it lands on Blu-ray, just because I’m curious to see if that improves both of those since they’re so visually incredible. The Alice in Wonderland comparison is pretty damned apt.

      • GrimReaper07

        Good luck. I’ve been waiting for the Blu-rays for about 6 years now.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Same here, but it got released in Japan on Blu this year, and there’s a contract agreement with Disney that they can now do the same in America a year later. So – it’s coming soon. It’s a frustrating release agreement though.

      • spaceMONkeyx01

        Ponyo is also gud and its in blue ray. I don’t think spirited away and mononoke will make it Blue ray anytime soon or ever.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Mononoke is next year, and Spirited Away will likely be the year after. Ponyo got an immediate Blu-ray release stateside because it was new and didn’t already have a previous release, whereas both Spirited and Mononoke had DVD releases and so Disney had to negotiate a release schedule for the back titles of Ghibli. There’s something like a 12-18 month delay between when the Blu-rays are available in Japan and when Disney can then start selling them in America.

      • spaceMONkeyx01

        I also prefer studio Ghibli movies to pixar. Still there r lots of CGI movies like dawn of planet of the apes where CGI works brilliantly i even loved godzilla and pacific rim. Even transformers have impressive CGI but it ended in the hands of Bay.

      • GrimReaper07

        Not saying CGI will destroy the industry but its excessive use actually hurts films. Sure, any excess hurts, but the fact is that nowadays movies do tend to rely on CGI too much just for the sake of it. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a good example of a movie that uses CGI to serve the story. My problem is when a movie uses story to serve the CGI.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        No one is advocating that mentality in this conversation, so that comment is pointless.

      • spaceMONkeyx01

        Not trying to start a fight with u mate so i m done here.

      • GrimReaper07

        Yeah. I mean there are movie that fall into that category and are still good because they’re well crafted like some Marvel movies or Mission Impossible 4 to name a couple. I have no idea why people flock to watch this ****

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Seriously, if it’s for the hot women running about, just use the internet people. Otherwise you can see the same action bits done better in countless better movies.

      • Mezmero

        WHAT’S THE POINT OF MAKING ANYTHING IN TO FILM THEY SHOULD JUST LEAVE EVERYTHING ALONE. THAT’S WHAT I’M GETTING FROM MOST OF YOU.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Then you’re an idiot, because no one said that.

      • Mezmero

        WHAT’S THE POINT OF MAKING ANYTHING IN TO FILM THEY SHOULD JUST LEAVE EVERYTHING ALONE. THAT’S WHAT I’M GETTING FROM MOST OF YOU.

      • Levi

        The first Transformers movie with Shia is still the best and damn near a perfect movie. Those complaining are just nerds who don’t like big explosions, hot chicks and awesome action scenes. Which puts those nerds down as complete idiots who are against the billions of people in this world who love this stuff. lol

        Off course it wasn’t just all the explosions, the first one had the perfect script as well which makes it better than the other ones. It’s in my top ten favorite movies. And, I’m picky, most of my top ten are Oscar winners.

        I will forever be watching Transformers one and the Transformers animated movie as my two favorites.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        What if I’m a nerd who loves big explosions, hot chicks, and awesome actual scenes, but can also comprehend that Transformers only had the first two? The action scenes are nigh unintelligible in the first movie as Bay was still so proud of himself for making the CGI transformations work and so it’s just a blur of things crashing into one another. The dialogue (which is either painfully told exposition or people yelling), story (there really wasn’t one besides – two enemy robot groups with Megan Fox!), and acting (voice and live actorys) are all atrocious.

        How can you call this a near perfect movie? It fails on so many levels.

      • GrimReaper07

        Lol, not sure if you’re joking. “Perfect script”? I’d agree it’s the first one but that’s not saying much as it’s still unimaginative, lazy, soulless. The fact that you have to mention that your top 10 films are mostly Oscar movies as if it somehow legitimized your arguments and call people who hate the film as if it made you cooler shows how immature you are. Transformers has no heart, no soul, takes itself far too seriously, has awfully shot action and a completely stupid script. Nothing about it stands out as being good except the CGI, which is still overdone. Whenever two transformers fight it looks like two junkyards having sex. It’s ok if you liked it, but it’s far from being a film.

      • mattinacan

        please stop, that movie is complete shit

      • spaceMONkeyx01

        There is noting perfect about micheal bay films. He has porno mentality to directing eveything.

    • agent 002

      He already wiped his ass with this franchise that it’s just ruined.

    • agent 002

      He already wiped his ass with this franchise that it’s just ruined.

  • Person

    Haters, rejoice!

  • james

    I would love to see Peter Berg take a shot at this series especially after lone survivor. Or Justin Lin.

    • Bay sucks a$$

      He already did the Transformers clone in Battlefield and it turned out horrid.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Battleship

      • Bay sucks a$$ & can’t type

        Whoops, that’s what I meant.

      • Manuel Orozco

        That’s ok by the way I personally thought Battleship was better than Transformers

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        That’s like comparing rotten apples to even more rotten apples. Wait, I guess that works.

      • Manuel Orozco

        What do you mean

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I’m just screwing with your inability to understand figurative language, like an eskimo grinning at a walrus.

      • Manuel Orozco

        So what did you mean by rotten apples

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Apples are like the snowcones of the soul, and since no two snowcones are the same, they’re hard to compare. Get it?

      • Manuel Orozco

        Oh I get it

      • mattinacan

        you are killing me right now

      • Manuel Orozco

        Thank you

      • Manuel Orozco

        That’s ok by the way I personally thought Battleship was better than Transformers

      • Manuel Orozco

        Battleship

    • Manuel Orozco

      If Peter Berg does agree to do it then that’s not a bad idea

    • Jamesy

      Brad Bird, IF he would do it. Look what he did with MI 4, he could turn it around and reinvent it while still keeping the scope. But I’m not sure he would touch it, even Joseph Kosinski or Justin Lin I’d be happy taking over. I’m not really a fan of the Transformers movies, I seen the first one in theatres and caught the other two on DVD/Blu-Ray, I’ve yet to see AOS so will probably catch it at home. I’m not sure if Transformers could ever be more than just popcorn fun, but it would be interesting to see another director tackle it.

  • Stefan Bonomo

    If he actually decides to step down this time, then YES! PLEASE! I’d much rather him do another Pain & Gain-style film than another Transformers film. And besides, I keep saying this, Bay isn’t the reason these films make money. It’s because its Transformers and people wanna see giant robots fighting!

  • Stefan Bonomo

    If he actually decides to step down this time, then YES! PLEASE! I’d much rather him do another Pain & Gain-style film than another Transformers film. And besides, I keep saying this, Bay isn’t the reason these films make money. It’s because its Transformers and people wanna see giant robots fighting!

  • Manuel Orozco

    I rather see him stick to Transformers since he has enough story left to entertain us for now

  • Manuel Orozco

    I rather see him stick to Transformers since he has enough story left to entertain us for now

  • Bay sucks a$$

    Please get actually talented director/writers like Phil Lord and Chris Miller! They’re creativity and style of humor would be absolutely perfect! Wish they were doing Transformers and TMNT instead of Bay-childhood-destroyer

    • Manuel Orozco

      I think Miller and Lord maybe too busy with being creative consultants on the new WB Lego franchise

      • Bay sucks a$$

        I think they could handle juggling that and writing/directing a Transformers movie

      • Bay sucks a$$

        I think they could handle juggling that and writing/directing a Transformers movie

      • Manuel Orozco

        I rather see them direct the third Muppets movie if Disney confirms it

      • Manuel Orozco

        I rather see them direct the third Muppets movie if Disney confirms it

      • Bay sucks a$$

        Meh, I’d rather they do a Bionicle movie first before all of these

      • Manuel Orozco

        Another problem is if Sony decides to do 23 Jump Street

      • Manuel Orozco

        Another problem is if Sony decides to do 23 Jump Street

      • Bay sucks a$$

        I hope that’d be the last one. 22JS was awesome but those end credits showed why a sequel would kinda be unnecessary. As funny as the in-jokes are, i dunno if they’d work for a third time

      • Manuel Orozco

        I don’t either the only threequel I want from Sony right now is Grown Ups 3

      • Bay sucks a$$

        haha wat? You like those sh*t movies?

      • Manuel Orozco

        I don’t like all sh*t just some

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Yeah, holy hell, did someone just ask for more Grown Ups movies?

      • Manuel Orozco

        I’m not the only one on the planet wanting more

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        No, but since you’re their official representative I’d ask that you tell everyone else who does to just rewatch the first two until you’re sick of them, and then you’ll know how the rest of us felt after seeing them once.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Is that so

      • mattinacan

        that’s the stupidest thing i’ve read all day

      • Manuel Orozco

        NMP which stands for Not my Problem

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I thought those end credits were promises, not warnings.

      • Bay sucks a$$

        I hope that’d be the last one. 22JS was awesome but those end credits showed why a sequel would kinda be unnecessary. As funny as the in-jokes are, i dunno if they’d work for a third time

    • GrimReaper07

      There’s no way they’re going to chose such a radically different director. They’ll probably pick a mediocre one who can replicate Bay’s style.

    • mattinacan

      they are going to get a crap journeyman director like Liebesman that will copy Bay’s style, just like they did with the awful TMNT

  • Bucky

    I am trying to imagine a documentary about elephant poaching directed by Bay…

    • Bay sucks a$$

      Everytime a poacher shoots a tranquilizer dart, it explodes into fireworks. And the elephants go crazy and ram into cars (which also explode).

      • Spanky

        Then some nigga-phants come in and bust some caps in the poachers, but they shoot them in the ass by accident

        Then a hot elephant chick comes walking by and lifts her tail

        This thing just writes itself once you’ve seen a Bay movie

    • $89691233

      To be fair to Bay, he’s an animal lover, which makes him alright in my book. Sure some of his movies are dumb, but they’re guilty pleasures. THE ROCK is still his best movie and an action classic.

    • GrimReaper07

      It’d probably be a documentary about him poaching elephants.

  • Bucky

    I am trying to imagine a documentary about elephant poaching directed by Bay…

  • Sandwich

    Michael Bay has never written a “Transformers” movie. He’s the director.

    • jay

      not necessarily true, i believe due to the writers strike he is personally responsible for a lot of the script on Revenge of the Fallen. ill have to double check that but i remembered hearing that multiple times over the past few years.

      • Bay sucks a$$

        Why are you talking to yourself?

      • Bay sucks a$$

        Why are you talking to yourself?

      • Stefan Bonomo

        That is true. Kurtzman & Orci started work, then stopped, so Bay brought in Kruger to basically re-write the whole thing with himself as the only script doctor.

    • jay

      not necessarily true, i believe due to the writers strike he is personally responsible for a lot of the script on Revenge of the Fallen. ill have to double check that but i remembered hearing that multiple times over the past few years.

  • Zack Snyder

    Edgar Wright!!!! or me…..

    • Bay sucks a$$

      Wright would be dope, but I highly doubt he’d want to take it on

      • Manuel Orozco

        I doubt it too

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Idris Elba!

  • jay

    BAD BOYS 3 !!!!!!!!!!. or something else R rated then i don’t care what he does after that he can make Transformers till he’s Blue in the face.

    In all seriousness, I honestly don’t think it matters who directs the Transformers movies the formula is going to stay the same, i mean it has to right? the movie made a billion dollars how could they let some hot shot new director with a vision and wild ideas about telling a more focused story ruin the winning formula(money wise) for them. The Studio believes what there doing is working, a lot of people love these movies even i don’t mind them, there just safe that’s all.

    I was so surprised at the hate Age of Extinction got because it was the exact same as the others. I knew exactly what i was buying a ticket too when i was going to the theater. i had no illusions that all of the sudden Transformers 4 was going to be a groundbreaking piece of cinema. The studio made it clear to me that they didn’t really care about changing anything about the structure of these movies aside from the Robot designs when they brought back Michael Bay for the 4th one. In fact they begged him to come back for the 4th one by promising him he could make Pain and Gain first.

    i guess my point is it doesn’t matter if Bay is there or not (hell, my guess is he’s coming back) whoever they bring in is going to be forced to imitate him anyway. So i would just rather have the real thing.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Just give me my mutha fuckin Bad Boys 3 already! Smith’s starting to look too old and Lawrence seems to gain 5 lbs a year since the last Bad Boys film. The expiration date is looming fast.

    • GunzOfNavarone

      Oh give over… – How old were Gibson and Glover in Lethal Weapon 4 ?

  • TigerFIST

    If think Michael Bay is a great director but will be happy if he decides to leave. Transformer movies are just not for him. I want him to do Bad Boys 3 now.

  • Markt125

    The first transformers was perfect as far as summer blockbuster. Then the story went to shit in the rest of the series. The action is what it is meant to be. The screenplay needs to be written better if you want to have adults screaming great movie. Keep the shit simple. All these fucking plot twist. But I like bay movies when there rated R like bad boys and bad boys 2.

    • mattinacan

      transformers 1 is absolutely awful, and BB2 sucks horribly

  • appolox

    Hooray Hooray Caloo Calay, today is a very good day!!!! :D

  • T

    You are so fucking spot on man. Even though its sad as fuck!

  • Dmula

    Fingers crossed

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  • DEADP00L

    Yeah he’s said that before…

  • Jack Dennis

    Peter Berg,Joseph Kosinski,Louis Letterier, Len Wiseman,Craig Gillespie, or Neil Burger.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Kosinski seems promising if he’s not too busy

  • mattinacan

    i would like to see him retire

  • Guy

    Didn’t he say the same thing about Trans4ormers? How long until he changes his mind again?

  • MIXTER

    Great news! Now, can you do the same for TMNT2? thanks in advance.

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    Yeah…Yet another true Lie from Michael Bay, He will be Back to break our backs. I tell you.

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  • Mezmero

    108 COMMENTS FOR A MOVIE NOBODY WANTS TO SEE?? I HATE FANBOY LOGIC. NOBODY WANTS THIS TO HAPPEN BUT YOUR INTERESTED THAT’S WHY YOU CAN’T BELIEVE A HATER LOL!

  • Mezmero

    108 COMMENTS FOR A MOVIE NOBODY WANTS TO SEE?? I HATE FANBOY LOGIC. NOBODY WANTS THIS TO HAPPEN BUT YOUR INTERESTED THAT’S WHY YOU CAN’T BELIEVE A HATER LOL!

  • Strong Enough

    give it to edgar wright

  • ʝoe βloggs

    Factually incorrect.

    He can’t pass his duties as a filmmaker because he never functioned in that role to begin with.

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  • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

    So it’ll be Liebesman, then?

  • JJFGeek

    I believe it when i see it because he said that BS before until then Bay would probably direct TF5.

  • 80sRobot

    This will free his schedule so he can direct one of the Star Wars movies.

  • poppincherry

    The guy sucks balls!!!!

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