Michael Bay confirms he will direct ‘Transformers 5’

Director says fifth title will be his last

Michael Bay has confirmed that he will return to direct a fifth Transformers film.

Bay previously denied suggestions that he would be in the director’s seat for the film, which will star Mark Wahlberg and is scheduled for release in 2017.

Speaking to Rolling Stone while promoting his new film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi however, Bay revealed that he has signed on to make another Transformers title but was adamant that it would be his last. The director says he’s keen to “pass the reins to someone else”.

Detail from the Rolling Stone story sees Bay talking to his crew about special effects work for the film, including a new dumper truck robot featuring a cloak and an alien spaceship.

Transformers, I still have a great time. It’s fun to do a movie that 100 million people will see. But this is the last one. I have to pass the reins to someone else,” Bay is quoted as saying.

As previously reported, the next ten years of the Transformers franchise has already been plotted out by Hasbro Studios.

Stephen Davis, the Hasbro Studios President, told a Cannes audience in October that the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth Transformers films are being worked on, as well as a TV series.

The fourth and most recent instalment in the Transformers franchise, Transformers: Age Of Extinction starring Mark Wahlberg, came out in 2014 and became the second film in the series to gross over $1billion worldwide.

It was also nominated for seven Razzie Awards, which salute “the worst that Hollywood has to offer.”