Michael Bay not directing Transformers 5?

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This may be great or not-so-great news for fans of the Transformers films. Michael Bay has been making bank with the Autobot vs. Decepticon films, with the recent Transformers: Age of Extinction killing at the box office, especially with the opening weekend gross of $100 million. It’s not going to be a shocker to learn that Paramount is planning on a fifth film, but the question is will Michael Bay return to direct?

It looks like Bay wants to move away from Transformers to focus on his passion projects (he said this before), while giving another director a chance to bring his vision into the mix.

USA Today reported that Bay might not be returning.

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

Bay says that he set up the movies to have a new chapter:

“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.”

During a press junket, Bay says that he isn’t sure how many Transformers films he could do:

“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?’”

Paramount and Hasbro both love Bay, since they have been rehiring him to direct. Will they be okay to let him go and follow Marvel’s footstep? Marvel has been on a great track record. Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy both had new directors to the properties, and they both proved to be good moneymakers for Disney and Marvel while also having great critical acclaim, unlike Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Let us know what you think of the news, and who you think might be a good director for Transformers 5.

Via Collider

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