Paramount Pictures is giving us annualized entries with the “Transformers” franchise starting with Michael Bay’s “Transformers: The Last Knight” next Summer – a surge in films resulting from the writers room initiative a few years back that helped plan out the franchise going forward.
We’ll get the “Bumblebee” spin-off film in 2018, a sixth “Transformers” in 2019 and more with ‘Knight’ serving as the kick off point. Franchise producer Lornezo di Bonaventura told Screen Rant recently that several of the planned movies currently in development will directly connect to ‘Last Knight’ and we may see hints of them in the film:
“Sometimes is the answer. It’s not always, because I think then it feels like you’re really trying to widget it all together, and it becomes a little too neat. But I think – I don’t think, I know – some of the things will have a very direct relationship. You’ll see some things in here that are laying a pipe. You won’t necessarily know that it’s laying a pipe for another movie, but it’s there.
So there’s probably, in a really meaningful way, two or three things in this movie that really have a meaningful aspect in terms of it, and then there’s a bunch of little things. But we’re not making this movie to setup the other movies. That’s what I’m trying to say. If you get too carried away with that, you stop thinking about this movie.
And this movie, the two lines of mythology in a sense give you freedom to go a lot of different places later on that may or may not directly relate to another movie, but it’s opening up the universe in a way that I think, in that way it’s probably the most provocative, in terms of the movie. It’s opening a really large universe of what Transformers is, and where they’ve come from, and how we relate to them, and how they relate to themselves.”
With the film involving plenty of scenes set in the past including medieval times and World War Two, it’s possible some of these spin-offs and sequels will take place at other points in history. Outlines are already reportedly written for the next two direct sequels to “Transformers: The Last Knight” which opens in cinemas next June.