While Michael Bay was signed for the first three “Transformers” films, from that point on his involvement is on a ‘per film basis’. With the fourth it seemed liked he wouldn’t be returning, until a deal was closed that saw him do “Pain & Gain” before going onto “Transformers: Age of Extinction”.
Though many are assuming that Bay will return for a fifth entry in the series, that is far from set in stone yet and Bay has several other projects in the works that he could jump to instead. One person who is coming back though is actor Mark Wahlberg and, out doing promotion for “Ted 2,” he tells Collider that he thinks Bay will direct it.
Asked if he knows what the status of the film is, he says: “I don’t. Just that Akiva [Goldsman] and those guys are starting to write and break stories, and stuff like that. But [Michael] Bay is in Malta shooting Benghazi, and I’m in New Orleans shooting Deepwater. We’ll get together when he gets back.”
As for what’s next for him once he wraps work on “Deepwater Horizon,” Wahlberg says: “Pete [Berg] and I are talking about doing another movie, after the first of the year. And (directors) Sean Anders and John Morris are working on something right now, that hopefully we’re going to do in the fall with Paramount. That’s another comedy, more in the vein of Midnight Run meets Planes, Trains and Automobiles. I just did Daddy’s Home, with Will Ferrell and those guys, and we’ve been talking about doing this thing.”
Whatever happens with Bay, he will remain on board as an executive producer for the fifth installment of “Transformers”.