Michael Bay Believes He Will "Pass The Baton" For Future TRANSFORMERS Movies

Michael Bay Believes He Will "Pass The Baton" For Future TRANSFORMERS Movies

Is Michael Bay done with Transformers? The director behind the latest installment, Transformers: Age of Extinction sits down with USA Today and dishes on the future of the Transformers film franchise and his career. Check it out after the jump.

The director of Transformers movies since 2007, Michael Bay's latest Transformers: Age of Extinction has grossed over $1 billion dollars worldwide, the second Transformers film to do so. He is also producing the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot which is out in theaters now. A busy man, Bay spoke with USA Today and brifely touched upon whether he will direct future Transformers installments as well as his future as a filmmaker.

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."

Bay recently extended his contract with Paramount Pictures (the distributor for Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) for another three years, but it is unknown if he will direct another Transformers during that time.

This wouldn't be the first time Bay believed he would stop directing Transformers movies. He previously said the same thing about the third entry in the series, Transformers: Dark of the Moon but later changed his mind and returned for a fourth. Is Michael Bay serious about passing the torch as Transformers director this time? Only time will tell.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is in theaters now in 2D and RealD 3D.

Transformers: Age of Extinction will release on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and digital download on September 30, 2014.
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pistolero82 - 8/9/2014, 11:47 AM
Please! Just stop....
OpticBlastWins - 8/9/2014, 11:48 AM
sure he is
ALegendaryPanda - 8/9/2014, 11:52 AM
That's what he said last time...
CherryBomb - 8/9/2014, 11:56 AM
Oh Michael, you are fooling no one.
He'll keep making these movies until he dies and the silly general audience is gonna keep giving then billions if dollars.
grif - 8/9/2014, 11:56 AM
whatever... these movies are soo [frick]ed up they cant salvage it to make any good movies. i will wait till they reboot it.
McGee - 8/9/2014, 11:57 AM
It's about damn time!......our long nightmare is over.

RIP Owen Hart
McGee - 8/9/2014, 11:58 AM
GuardianAngel - 8/9/2014, 12:00 PM
ALegendaryPanda - 8/9/2014, 12:01 PM
I bet he hands it over to Jonathan Liebesman. Lol
chewish - 8/9/2014, 12:01 PM
Sweet, maybe now a REAL director can take over the franchise.
I'm thinking Brett Ratner!
Klone - 8/9/2014, 12:04 PM
...Or a reboot.
SauronsBANE - 8/9/2014, 12:08 PM
After Transformers 12 comes out:

"Bay, 79, believes he will pass the baton for future Transformer movies to a new director while he turns his focus elsewhere."
TelaVizion - 8/9/2014, 12:10 PM

TelaVizion - 8/9/2014, 12:13 PM
When they stop throwing all that money in his face to make another one, he'll stop.

They just need to get rid of the humans and make the movies about the Transformers. Thats really been the only problem with the franchise. It's shown from the human point of view, and it shouldn't be like that.

People cry about the bots being racist and stuff, yet forget that the original cartoons were always like that. Thats nothing new to "Transformers".

If you wanna keep humanoids in the movie, give us a Headmasters storyline.
BlackIceJoe - 8/9/2014, 12:15 PM
This will allow him now to work on Thundercats, He-Man, Gargoyles & Power Rangers. Plus WB is going to need someone to film their up coming DC films. Now he has the chance to make even more enemies.
MexicanSexyman - 8/9/2014, 12:15 PM
I don't care who directs as long as there will be a War for Cybertron type movie.
billnye69 - 8/9/2014, 12:16 PM
That's a baton I wouldn't touch, probably blow up in your hands.
Destined - 8/9/2014, 12:21 PM
Man Bay ain't leaving behind that dough lol.
DrunkenNukem - 8/9/2014, 12:21 PM
i want to see a Pain and Gain sequel

Adversary - 8/9/2014, 12:22 PM


CaptainObvious - 8/9/2014, 12:27 PM
@SauronsBANE- I'm personally excited for the ideas of what Michael Bay's consciousness uploaded into a computer will have for Transformers 32.
charlie2094 - 8/9/2014, 12:28 PM
Hasn't he said this before? I highly doubt he'll leave, he'll be back for Transformers 5 & 6.

They really need someone new to come in and take this franchise in a new direction.
WarrenByron - 8/9/2014, 12:29 PM
"says Bay, who is eyeing a passion project, a documentary on elephant poaching"

DrKinsolving - 8/9/2014, 12:31 PM
sameoldthing - 8/9/2014, 12:38 PM
Bay is only part of the problem with the awful a Transformer franchise.
I point most of the blame on the shitty scripts & the designs of these foul robots are horrible.
WeddingTux - 8/9/2014, 12:50 PM

TheGodButcher - 8/9/2014, 12:53 PM
RockBottom - 8/9/2014, 12:53 PM
BaneSmash - 8/9/2014, 12:57 PM
Thank you"
Shroombeast - 8/9/2014, 1:18 PM
He should do everyone a favor and pass that baton into a dumpster instead.
Superheromoviefan - 8/9/2014, 1:20 PM
Go away and die
go in hell bastard
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 8/9/2014, 1:33 PM
Not gonna happen #1
Transformers has been raped to no repair #2
JoJo1982 - 8/9/2014, 2:13 PM
Lmao@ Sauronbane
TheRealMandarin - 8/9/2014, 2:16 PM

No no no no wrong franchise buddy your thinking of ant man
TheRealMandarin - 8/9/2014, 2:20 PM
and to all you haters out there that don't know what the frick your talking about! There Never gonna reboot this franchise EVER! so stop your bitching about it cuz its not gonna happen especially after all the billions of dollars this franchise receives,if you don't like it then is it that hard to just stop watching it I mean really so that way you wont have anything to hate on
Mirage19 - 8/9/2014, 2:48 PM
Meanwhile he said that with 3 so yeah.I liked the fourth one its a better step in the right direction sure I like the third one for the [frick]ing robots and the first one but that second one the worst. Also again why the [frick] do you keep coming back I assume you've seen all the movies in order to make judgement.
Mirage19 - 8/9/2014, 2:50 PM
Just for all you mother[frick]ers out there that are getting excited Paramount just signed 3 more year with Mr.Bay.
DatGuy - 8/9/2014, 3:44 PM
Let me guess, the elephant documentary is going to have that nerdy type of elephant that discovers a way to stop poachers, with the help of his racially stereotypical elephant friends. His love interest has a nice fat elephant ass, which the camera with linger over, and and at the end he will have saved the day by killing the poachers that tried to wipe out his race, by blowing them up in a perfectly choreographed explosion. Then at the end he will confess his love to the nicely curved female elephant, and his stereotypical elephants will crack a few dumb one liners, and BOOM THE END.
syryn - 8/9/2014, 4:33 PM
I want a Starscream movie
MercwithMouth - 8/9/2014, 4:43 PM
Might as well go out on top. There aren't many directors that can claim two $1B dollar movies, let alone back to back. He's in some pretty impressive company. I like the Transformers movies, they're good dumb fun. I'd be excited to see someone new have a shot though.
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