As rotten as some of the Transformers films can be, they do make a bundle at the box office, and as such these films just keep getting made. It has been almost two years since the release of the fourth Transformers film, Age of Extinction, but we know that many more are on the way. Now, we know how many more we are going to get.
According to a new report, Paramount has the dates for the next three Transformers films. That’s right, three. Not only that, they are targeting a Bumblebee spinoff for a 2018 release. More on the story below.
First, the three Transformers films. A tweet posted on ERC Box Office’s Twitter account says that Transformers 5 is scheduled for June 23, 2017 release, which will be followed by the Bumblebee spinoff on June 8, 2018 and then Transformers 7 on June 28, 2019.
This means Transformers 5 now shares the same release date as Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman. Kingsman 2 and Cars 3 open a week before while Despicable Me 3 and Sony’s Uncharted will open a week after. The untitled Bumblebee spinoff will have to contend with Godzilla 2. Its biggest competition around that week will be the untitled Han Solo spinoff from Disney, which is set for a May 25, 2018 release, and Toy Story 4, which set for a June 15, 2018 release. Finally, Transformers 7 shares the same release month as Justice League Part II (June 14, 2019) and The Incredibles 2 (June 21, 2019).
As you can see, we will get at least one Transformers film released a year for the next three years, playing off the same strategy as Marvel to at least get started on their shared universe franchise, which will include spinoffs and prequels. Michael Bay signed on to direct Transformers 5 and has gone on record to say that the film will be his fifth and final one for the franchise. This means that 2019’s Transformers 6 is without a director, but with the creative crew that Paramount and Akiva Goldsman had assembled last summer, you would hope that they had a few people in mind just in case Bay did say no to an offer to direct Transformers 6.
Moving onto Bumblebee’s spinoff, the film is set for a June 2018 release. Tom Warner, the head of the Transformers franchise at Hasbro, confirmed the film at an investor conference call for Toy Fair (via Coming Soon). Here is what he said:
This summer we worked closely with a talented team of A-list screenwriters to map out the future of the Transformers cinematic universe, and as Brian announced earlier, things kick off in a major way in 2017 with the release of Transformers 5 in June. And we’re working on a spin-off movie centered around Bumblebee for 2018 and the next chapter for 2019.
It isn’t exactly clear what the Bumblebee spinoff will be about, but we do know that it is a part of the same shared universe that Paramount is currently creating. Hopefully one of the subplots will be about getting his voicebox back so we don’t have to deal with hearing a bunch of jumble radio chatter that is being substituted for dialogue. The famed yellow Autobot has been a fan favorite since the series came out in the early 80s, and has undergone many changes, most notably when he appeared as a Chevy Camero, not a VW Bug, in the live-action films.
[Source: ERC Boxoffice Twitter | Box Office Mojo | Coming Soon]