Both actor Mark Wahlberg and director Michael Bay have announced in the past week that “Transformers: The Last Knight” will be their last outing with the franchise.
That is the first time Wahlberg has expressed such sentiment, but this marks the third time Bay has said he would exit – he said the same during the press rounds for both the third and fourth films in the series.
Speaking with ComicBook.com, Wahlberg himself is as dubious as the rest of us as to whether this is really the end of Bay’s involvement in helming entries in the series:
“It’s one of those things where Michael has built this entire universe right, and he will decide what he wants to do and how he wants to do it.
Right now he says he doesn’t want to do another film and he says that after every film because they are so difficult to make and he pretty much has to do it single-handedly, even with all the help that he has because all of the movie is in his mind.
So he’ll decide that and I would be hard pressed to see him walk away and put it in somebody else’s control and care.”
Bay certainly won’t be helming the first spin-off in the works, “Bumblebee,” which Travis Knight is set to direct and is currently targeting a June 8th 2018 release.