TRANSFORMERS 5 Set For 2016 Release

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I really don’t care what the nay-sayers tell you. When they first saw Optimus Prime in all his CG-glory back in 2007′s Transformers, they smiled and probably even giggled with delight. I realize that this franchise has been lacking in the story department, but to see my favorite robots battling it out in IMAX has been fantastic to me and I, for one, am excited to see more in the upcoming Age of Extinction. This will be Michael Bay’s fourth and possibly last outing as director in this franchise. When he signed on to direct this, he said it would be his last and he would be setting the franchise up with a new trilogy, where a new director could take control of the ship. He also said that before signing on to helm Age of Extinction, so who knows.

As we knew, this installment is the beginning of a new trilogy, so a fifth film was pretty much all but confirmed, but today at CineEurope (via THR), it was announced that Transformers 5 would be hitting theaters in 2016. This is a rather ambitious date, for several reasons. First, if Bay is indeed moving on from the franchise, Paramount would have to begin the search for a new director fairly quickly. Especially if they plan on sticking to the usual end of June, early July release date they’ve held for the previous four films. Which brings me to my next point: those dates are already fairly jam-packed. Steven Spielberg has The BFG set for that time, as does Sony with their Angry Birds. Not to mention a little sequel called Independence Day 2. 2016 is shaping up to be a massive year for film. I’m certain that Paramount and Michael Bay will have this all worked out sooner rather than later.

For those curious, there were numerous other films that were announced/confirmed for a 2016 release, including GI Joe 3, Eddie Murphy’s latest foray into the Beverly Hills Cop franchiseHansel & Gretel sequeland the Robert Orci helmed Star Trek 3Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov will be taking on a re-invented version of Ben-Hur, which should be rather interesting. Let’s not forget Terminator: GenesisMission: Impossible 5 and Friday the 13th in 3D. Busy year to say the least.

Transformers: Age of Extinction stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer and TJ Miller and hits theaters June 27th. Would you want Michael Bay to keep directing the franchise, or is it time for someone else to take on the franchise? Who would you like to see behind the camera?

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