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Producer talks Transformers and who would take over if and when Bay leaves the franchise

July 4th, 2014 by Marc Comments

With Transformers: Age of Extinction currently getting scathing reviews (read ours here) but still making more money that we can even imagine, the producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura decided to have a little chat with Slashfilm about what’s next in the franchise

With the movies increasingly getting longer, with the current one sitting at 165 minutes, Slashfilm asked if there was any chance of the next one trimming the running time: “I think a couple things are at work. One is we have so many ideas it’s hard to [fit them all in]. And the other is, the truth is Michael likes long movies. And if you look at all of his movies, they tend to be long. Not just the Transformers movies, you know. So I think that’s what he likes to do and I think, you know, hoping he stays with the franchise, we’ll probably have another long movie.”

Next, they talk about the possibility that Bay will not return for the next movie and what would they look for in the next director: “I wouldn’t wanna be them, but there will be somebody. I think the opportunity’s too great. My suspicion is, without having thought really about it at all, cause I really want Michael to return, I think Michael’s found the right mix for this franchise. So the sense of humor, obviously the scale. The invention that’s going on, all these things he really likes and clearly has found a way to continue to top himself. But, you know, I guess if you had to think about who would be the next one, my guess is it would be somebody who probably was a kid who watched the show as a kid because then they’ll have a fundamental understanding of the D.N.A. in a way. And are able to bring that thing that you have when you’ve grown up with it. It sinks into you in a different way.

This is interesting as it gives hope that the next movie or whenever it continues without Bay, may take the series down the road that fans wanted from the beginning… Bay, after all, never understood Transformers, so is there hope yet? Hard to say because, like it or not, these movies make a tonne of money…

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….