Michael Bay Pens Heartfelt Farewell To Transformers Franchise

The 5th installment of the Transformers series will be the last for Michael Bay, with the filmmaker penning a tribute to the franchise that gave him and the studio so much joy. Despite a raft of criticism for a lack of imagination with his screenplays and overall presentation, Bay explained that the choice was one of the most difficult he has had to make to leave at the opening of Transformers: The Last Knight.

"It's bittersweet for me," started the director. "With every Transformers film, I've said it would be my last. I see the 120 million fans around the world who see these movies, the huge theme park lines to the ride and the amazing Make- A-Wish kids who visit my sets, and it somehow keeps drawing me back. I love doing these movies. This film was especially fun to shoot. But, this time might really be it. So I'm blowing this one out."

Dream Becomes Reality For The Fan

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Starting a decade prior in 2007 when the rebooted series was nothing more than a theory on paper, Bay explained ahead of the June 23, 2017 release that the challenge was monumental and he would be leaving something he can be proud in.

"It was a huge task to expand mythology from the beginning of the world throughout history...Through the summer of 2015, they worked in a huge space on the Paramount lot, surrounded by over 10,000 concept images from the franchise's history: the movies, cartoons, and comic books. They had a life-size Bumblebee, a Megatron head, and many other props staring them down. We pulled from everything. It was a fan's dream room. We brought in Transformers historians from Hasbro to educate them on where Transformers has been - so that they could figure out where it can go."

The Prey Turn The Tables In LK

Offering a complete synopsis for the upcoming blockbuster, Bay explained that the stakes could not be greater for the heroes in the final battle.

"The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock). There comes a moment in everyone's life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours."

Source: MovieWeb

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