Could this summer’s Transformers: Age of Extinction spark an entirely new trilogy for the popular blockbuster series based on Hasbro’s Transformers toy line? When you consider that the series has now earned $2.67 billion at the worldwide box office, with each film earning more than the previous installment, it might seem like an easy answer. But according to producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and director Michael Bay, nothing is yet set in stone for the future of the franchise.
The discussion of a fifth film in the Transformers franchise and the possibility of a new trilogy was sparked last week by Paramount’s Edward Ryan and his suggestion that Transformers 5 might find a release date in 2016. However, Bonaventura told IGN that any discussion on the blockbuster franchise’s future is still only guesswork, as any and all talk of future installments would depend on the success of the Age of Extinction, the fourth film in the franchise, and where the franchise’s popularity appears to be heading.
“We’re not planning on doing a trilogy,” Bonaventura told IGN. “We’re not not planning on doing a trilogy. It’s really a one-movie-at-a-time philosophy.” He added: “Both [director Michael Bay] and I feel like it’s a little arrogant of us to presume success each time. We know our fans are really out there and they’re going to come, so we presume a certain amount of success. But all the energy will be thrown into the next movie, if we’re lucky enough to get there.”
Of course, it’s not exactly “arrogant” to assume that Age of Extinction is likely to perform similarly to previous installments, given the trajectory of the series’ box office, so it’s possible that Bonaventura is being at least a little coy about future installments. But one thing he seems to be adamant about is the idea that the Transformers series will not pursue spinoffs in the same way that franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, or The Amazing Spider-Man have.