Michael Bay Is Pretending To Be Done With The Transformers Movies Again

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Michael Bay told USA Today that, having made the incredibly successful and yet strangely lackluster Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, he plans to take his movie-making in a new, exploding robot-less direction. But please don't bother to wipe your brow in relief quite yet.

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Bay has announced his departure from the giant robot movie series a few times, including after Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon, where he emphatically denied he'd ever return to make another. You can see how that ended up; and given that TF4 has made over a billion dollars despite its mediocrity, it's hardly impossible that Paramount could persuade Bay to return, and when I say "persuade" I mean fill a giant warehouse with gold coins so Bay can swim around in it a la Scrooge McDuck.

Honestly, it seems like whenever Bay gets done with a TF movie he's bored with the franchise, and a year or so later enough time has passed that he's willing to take a massive paycheck to bother to make another one, although he seems to be half-assing his attempts a bit more each time. I'd lay even money this is exactly what happens again.

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Daybreaker
Daybreaker

I liked the last Transformers movie. I still don't like Michael Bay, but he keeps working with the same people a lot and some of them have really stepped up their game over the course of the last decade or so. The cinematographer restrained the whirly-cam business. The choreographers came up with more style and variety than just a series of forward somersaults. Mark Wahlberg has a way of making Michael Bay movies watchable, too.

The only thing that I thought was terrible was Michael Bay's fascination with leg-panning jailbait butt-shots. The first act of the movie is pretty much all about a seventeen-year-old girl's hindquarters.

Overall, I think it was the best of Michael Bay's efforts on the Transformers franchise. If he wants to make that his last one, great. He can go out on a relatively high note, in my opinion, and then we can get someone else in there.

Like Peter Berg? It seems like a natural project for him.