Paramount have revealed a truly awful first trailer for Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight, featuring far too many explosions and far too little fun.
Deadline brings word today that Paramount Pictures is hoping to emulate Lucasfilm’s plans for “Star Wars” with the development of spin-off films to their hit “Transformers” franchise. I Am Legend writer Akiva Goldsman will work with Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura to create a “writer’s room,” the goal of which will be to develop ideas for a “multi-part Transformers sequel” and “potential spin-off films.”
Having surpassed a $1 billion dollar box office gross for his most recent film, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Michael Bay is looking at telling a very different kind of big screen story. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bay is eyeing 13 Hours, an adaptation of Mitchell Zuckoff’s recently released account of the 2012 Benghazi attack.
Things were looking slightly better at the box office this weekend with a return to the blockbuster sequels that tend to be reliable moneymakers. That was certainly the case with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (20th Century Fox), directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and more, which topped the domestic box office with an estimated $73 million this weekend in 3,967 theaters.
Michael Bay’s global blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction (Paramount), starring Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz, retained first place for a second weekend in a row, but took a massive 64% plunge from its $100 million opening to bring in $36.4 million in its second weekend. It has grossed $174.7 domestically, which is less than the $228.8 million made by the previous installment “Dark of the Moon” in the same period of time.
Michael Bay’s return to the blockbuster franchise based on Hasbro’s popular toys with Transformers: Age of Extinction (Paramount), starring Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing and T.J. Miller, exploded into theaters across the globe starting on Wednesday (with North America getting it on Thursday night). By Sunday, the fourth installment of the franchise had grossed over $300 million worldwide.