You know what we all need in our life? A lot more Transformers movies, at least that's according to Paramount Pictures, which has announced that the fifth, sixth and seventh films in the franchise are coming on June 23, 2017, June 8, 2018 and June 28, 2019, Variety reports.
And thank the lord, or possibly Satan, depending on how you feel about Michael Bay—the director has been confirmed as coming back to direct the first film of the new trilogy coming out in 2017. That film will also feature Transformers: Age of Extinction's Mark Wahlberg returning for what was the franchise's worst film, because reviews, but also its highest grossing success, because America.
The 2017 movie will be the "never before heard" origin story of pretty much everyone's favorite Transformer, Bumblebee. The 2018 movie, we still don't know anything about other than its release date.
The dates of the first two releases will put the 2016 and 2017 films up against Wonder Woman and Godzilla 2, respectively, but Paramount obviously isn't worried, and why should they be? These movies, somehow, have a built-in audience. Age of Extinction brought in over $1.1 billion worldwide, making it the third in the franchise to cross the billion mark.
It was around this time last year when we heard that the studio was bringing in writer Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, Batman Forever, I Am Legend, and a bunch of others) to take charge of a team responsible for coming up with ideas to expand the Transformers universe. Now we know that The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman was part of that team, too.