As the reviews to what sound like another Meh-chael Bay film come pouring in for Transformers: Age of Extinction, talk is already beginning to build about the future of the ongoing robot war where everything looks shiny and not even a pillow factory can blow up quietly. Now fans of the Autobot/Decepticon scuffle series would hope that such conversations point to towards further sequels but producer, Lorenzo di Bonaventura has advised we might need to pump the brakes a bit.
Speaking to IGN, Bonaventura tried to clear things up admitting that “We’re not planning on doing a trilogy.” Are you sure Bonaventura? Are you really 100% sure? “We’re not not planning on doing a trilogy.” There we go. “It’s really a one-movie-at-a-time philosophy,” he said. “Both [Bay] and I feel like it’s a little arrogant of us to presume success each time. We know our fans are really out there and they’re going to come, so we presume a certain amount of success. But all the energy will be thrown into the next movie, if we’re lucky enough to get there.”
Okay, so no sequel isn’t the best news for fans but there are other options. What about prequels? Or, as so brilliantly handled by Bryan Singer and Days of Future Past a chunky inbetweequel? Perhaps we could see other chapters of Cybertronian carnage in a spin-off or two ala Marvel or the upcoming Star Wars revival? Well Bonaventura was quick to put those ideas to bed as well: “Honestly, there’s been no discussion of it because we’ve been in the business of making [the core series] bigger and bigger. I think a lot of those spinoffs tend to happen when something’s plateaued. We’re not at that place yet, hopefully.”
But dear fans, beloved dedicated souls who bow at the altar of Optimus, transform those frowns upside down. Bonaventura may have calmed the franchise fires for now, but that’s not to say he’s aware of what potential this universe walking’ talkin’ bots has. “One of the things that people underestimate about the Transformers mythology is how rich it is,” he urged “there is an enormous number of characters; there’s a helluva lot of storylines, etcetera.”
You hear that? ‘A helluva’! So there’s still life in these old toys yet and plenty of chances for iconic characters to arrive go ‘pew pew’ with their overly large guns and then drive off your screen. For now, all you can do is sit and cross your fingers in the hope that the Age of Extinction isn’t just that when it arrives in cinemas July 5.