There was once a time where despite critical panning, Optimus Prime & the Autobots were part of a billion-dollar seemingly unstoppable feature film franchise. That time is apparently coming to an end.
According to Collider, Paramount has officially removed the upcoming Transformers 7, the December debuting Bumblebee film apparently is considered the sixth film in the franchise, from their calendar of scheduled releases. Originally the film, a follow-up to 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight, was set to arrive on June 28, 2019.
Most saw this move coming after The Last Knight continued a trend of declining domestic box office numbers compared to the heyday of the franchise and after no live-action Transformers films were featured on Hasbro’s production slate shown off during an investor’s preview at New York Toy Fair earlier this year.
With Michael Bay seemingly having finally kept his word that this fifth film was his last (he had previously claimed the last few films would be his final one) and this next and maybe final nail in the coffin, a reboot of the franchise at some point seems all but clear. Such a move would allow Hasbro to retool the franchise and perhaps re-capture audiences that were turned off by the direction that Bay had taken the franchise.
Bumblebee: The Movie, taking the fan-favorite Transformer back to the 80s, arrives on December 21.