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Michael Bay Announces Departure from the 'Transformers' Franchise

Michael Bay has been hinting a departure from the 'Transformers' franchise for years. Now in a write-up on his official website, the director says 'Transformers: The Last Knight', set for release this summer, will be his last.

"I’ve been living in this franchise for over 10 years now. For Transformers: The Last Knight, we put together a writers' room designed to greatly expand our mythology, integrating our films in a whole new way. Every movie will interlink," Bay begins.

"It was a huge task to expand mythology from the beginning of the world throughout history. We had a great team of writers... Through the summer of 2015, they worked in a huge space on the Paramount lot, surrounded by over 10,000 concept images from the franchise’s history: the movies, cartoons, and comic books."

"They had a life-size Bumblebee, a Megatron head, and many other props staring them down. We pulled from everything. It was a fan's dream room."

"We brought in Transformers historians from Hasbro to educate them on where Transformers has been – so that they could figure out where it can go. I can safely say that there's never been a Transformers film with the huge visual scope and expansive mythology as this movie, The Last Knight," he proclaims.

"It's bittersweet for me. With every Transformers film, I've said it would be my last. I see the 120 million fans around the world who see these movies, the huge theme park lines to the ride and the amazing Make-A-Wish kids who visit my sets, and it somehow keeps drawing me back."

"I love doing these movies. This film was especially fun to shoot. But, this time might really be it. So I'm blowing this one out."

"It's a final chapter and a new beginning."

Bay then shares the writers log line for the film: The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance. There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference.

Watch an extended version of the 'Transformers: The Last Knight' spot from the Super Bowl below.

February 6, 2017 |

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