Michael Bay Says He Won't Direct Transformers 5
Michael Bay, who's been the driving force behind the highly successful Transformers franchise, will no longer direct the car-morphing flicks. The 49-year-old director from Los Angeles, California will reportedly pass on the role of directing Transformers 5. With Transformers: Age of Extinction grossing a cool $1 billion plus globally, however, this move has many people asking why?
Looking strictly at the numbers produced by Bay's movies, he would arguably go down as one of the greatest directors of our time. From Transformers and Armageddon to the half of a dozen or so horror flicks, his movies have grossed well over $7 billion worldwide. In fact, two of his most recent movies, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were two of the hottest movies this summer. But numbers aren't everything, as Bay is widely criticized for his reliance on big budgets and special effects. Transformers: Age of Extinction received an abysmal 18% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles received an almost-as-bad rating of just 20%.
While critics may not offer their support of Bay's movies, the general public seems to appreciate them. It's this high level of demand that keeps the Transformers franchise running, and rumors suggest there's a Transformers 5 currently planned. But I wouldn't count on Bay directing it or any future installments in the franchise.
Are the critics finally getting to Bay? He's largely brushed off the criticism, continuing to use the same CGI effects and special effects. At the same time, however Bay may be choosing to take a different path with his directing career. Bay broke then news about his decision to call it quits with the Transformers franchise in a recent USA Today interview
"Literally, it looks like NASA mission control. I am always loaded with what's going on. I like to keep my eyes on everything," said Bay in an interview with USA Today. "There's kind of a new chapter, a new direction in movies I want to make. I have a lot of stories to tell. And it's about flexing new muscles."
In addition to the Transformers franchise, Bay has directed the following films:
- Armageddon (1998)
- Pearl Harbor (2001)
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
- The Amityville Horror (2005)
- The Hitcher (2007)
- Friday the 13th (2009)
- A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
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