Is this the news geeks, nerds and fans of pretty much everything have been waiting for? Could it possibly be true? Is Michael Bay really walking away from Transformers?
An interview with USA Today revealed that Bay’s planning to move on and give someone else a chance to play with Hasbro’s toys.
Bay, 49, believes he will pass the baton for future Transformer movies to a new director while he turns his focus elsewhere.
“There’s kind of a new chapter, a new direction in movies I want to make,” says Bay, who is eyeing a passion project, a documentary on elephant poaching. “I have a lot of stories to tell. And it’s about flexing new muscles.”
It’s not hard to imagine that Bay (who seems to be getting burned out by blockbusters) will be making a lot more “smaller” films like Pain and Gain in the future. This would be a very good thing.
His departure from the Transformers franchise is something long hoped-for by… well… pretty much everyone, but here’s the thing – these films, while being objectively terrible, have grossed a cumulative $3.7B worldwide. So as much as people complain, they’re still dutifully heading out to the theatre. Let’s be honest, Tommy Wiseau could be Bay’s replacement and the audience would still come out in droves. Don’t pretend otherwise.