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So, Transformers: The Last Knight hit cinemas everywhere on 23rd June, and it marked the culmination of a team-up that has brought together one of the biggest toy franchises of the 1980s and one of the most blow-y-up-y film directors ever – yes, that’s definitely a word.
And that culmination comes as director Michael Bay has confirmed why he will be stepping out from behind the massive shadows of Optimus Prime and co.
In a recent interview with Fandango, Bay commented saying;
“These movies that I’ve done, they are massive movies. They take a lot out of you.”
Whether you enjoy the work of Bay or not, there’s no denying that the Transformers movies have been successful, raking in nearly $3 billion over the course of the 1st four movies, bringing renewed interest to the Transformers property, and, arguably the franchise’s biggest crime, making Linkin Park relevant again.
“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.”
So, there’s more coming from Bay in the future, but he won’t have any further impact with those Robots in Disguise apparently.
Whether this will help or hinder the Bumblebee spin-off movie that is somewhere in the pipelines, which will feature director Travis Knight (of Kubo and the Two Strings fame) in filling in for Bay’s explosion-prone absence.
The Last Knight’s synopsis is as follows;
“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: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).
There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will becomes heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive theirs, or ours.”
In cinemas everywhere from Friday 23rd June, Transformers: The Last Knight features the aforementioned Mark Wahlberg, Sir Anthony Hopkins, and Laura Haddock, as well as; Stanley Tucci, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Turturro and newcomers Isabela Moner, Liam Carrigan, Jerrod Carmichael, Mitch Pileggi, and Santago Cabrera.