Paramount has announced an aggressive release schedule for the next three Transformers sequels. According to Deadline, the studio plans to release Transformers 5 on June 23, 2017, Transformers 6 has been set for June 8, 2018, and we’ll get Transformers 7 on June 28, 2019.
While we knew we were in store for a lot of Transformers movies and that the franchise has no end in sight, it’s still a little surprising to see Paramount want to date Transformers movies for three consecutive years. Michael Bay is returning to helm Transformers 5, and the release schedule alone cements that there’s no way he could switch gears to moving towards the sixth installment, so now we’ll have to see who they get to direct 6 and/or 7.
Additionally, Transformers is swinging its weight around on the release calendar. Transformers 5 is not backing away from a date that’s already occupied by Wonder Woman, and I’m curious to see which film (if either) will blink and change their date. If Batman v Superman is a big hit and audiences love Wonder Woman, don’t count on the Amazonian princess to give up her home on the calendar so easily.
Transformers 6, meanwhile, is battling for real estate with another Warner Bros. property—Godzilla 2. Again, we’re so far out from that date I imagine one of them will move, but it might be the King of the Monsters. Audiences can only handle so much destruction, and the question is whether or not the Transformers franchise will be on the decline by that point. However, as Age of Extinction’s huge worldwide box office proved, audiences are still hungry for these movies.
Thankfully, the 2019 calendar is still pretty open for the time being, and I’m left to wonder if any studio is willing to challenge Paramount for that June 28th date. The four Transformers movies thus far have generated $3.77 billion worldwide according to Deadline, and so if you take a swing at an Autobot, you better be confident that you can bring it down.