Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but director Michael Bay claims that the latest Transformers movie, this week’s The Last Knight, will be his last in the series.
It’s a claim Bay has made twice before in the past, claiming as much with the release of both trilogy closer Dark of the Moon and 2014’s would-be reboot Age of Extinction. This time around, the Armageddon helmer suggests he is certain of his withdrawal – stating a desire to explore another “more adult” drama such as 13 Hours or Pain & Gain.
“These movies that I’ve done, they are massive movies,” he told Fandango. “They take a lot out of you. I’ve done it enough, and I’ve had a great time doing it. I’m going out with a bang on this one, and I feel like you gotta go out while you’re ahead, you know. I think I’ve had a good run, and I’ve got a lot of other movies I want to do.”
He continues: “I just read a very bloody hit man movie that was a page turner. That seems like a fun one to do. I love doing 13 Hours, I love doing Pain & Gain – I think it’ll be something more serious and more adult, I guess.”
Star Mark Wahlberg meanwhile has revealed that he’ll be jumping ship after this latest chapter, using an appearance on The Graham Norton Show to declare: “It’s the last one so I get my life back.” Amusingly, Wahlberg also took the time to complain about having spent five months training to get in shape, only to be saddled with a hairstyle he calls “the worst thing ever. I look like my mum in the ’70s – it’s just really bad.”
Next in the Transformers series is Travis Knight’s Bumblebee spin-off, set in the 1980s, with a sixth instalment reportedly targeting a Summer 2019 release. No word yet on who’ll direct, but Cybertron and Ancient Rome have been suggested as settings.