Transformers: Dark of the Moon was originally intended to be Michael Bay's last foray into the Transformers franchise, but he was apparently persuaded to stick around for one more pyro-filled extravaganza. I think the guy is just addicted to pyrotechnics. I mean look at this face in the picture above. That's the face of a man in love.
However, his return to the franchise was always intended to kick off the new trilogy on the right foot. On MichaelBay.com, he originally stated:
So I’m thinking that if I do this last one, we set it on a new footing, we change a lot of things — but we keep the history of the three in place. But we broaden it so it can be set up and be carried on — it would have a better chance for survival, I guess.
He later reiterated that comment, telling the LA Times that [Transformers: Age of Extinction](movie:206531) would simply set up the new trilogy for "the next guy". However, it looks like he might have slightly changed his tune in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly. He explained:
Yeah, it’s the first of a new trilogy. I’m not necessarily sure that I’m doing [the others], but that’s what it’s meant for.
From this quote, it looks like Paramount might still be considering Bay to continue the rest of the franchise. In the end, I suppose it is still down to him, although he has also previously admitted “When you have a franchise, it’s very hard to give it up.” Could he find the franchise, and the inevitable massive paycheck, just too attractive to give away?
What do you think? Would you want Bay to carry on for [Transformers 5](movie:1325503)? Or has already done too many Transformers movies? Let us know below.