When it was confirmed that director Michael Bay would be back directing the Robots in Disguise for a fifth outing in late 2015, the film fan community threw their arms up in despair from the notion that the 51-year-old was being allowed to continue on with his saturated, sweaty, slow-mo vision of what a Transformers movie should be like. It has become clear that much of the American audience has begun to feel much the same way, with the most recent Transformers: Age of Extinction taking in over $100 million less than it’s predecessor, Dark of The Moon, domestically. That said, Bay has no doubt caused the executives at Paramount Pictures to wave their hands in the air for a different reason: the $3.78 billion worldwide total that the first four films grossed at the box office.
While there’s no question that Paramount will be concerned with the dip in attendance from U.S. audiences, the surge of interest from International markets such as China will be somewhat quelling their fears. You also have to bear in mind that with the amount of product placement in the films, check out Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailer to get an idea of just how much, Bay can ensure that serious money is made even before you sit down to watch Optimus Prime and the gang blow some stuff up.
Judging from the latest round of set pictures, shared by Bay on Instagram, the fast-paced action and larger-than-life-explosions have not been retired, which becomes very clear when taking a look at the accompanying set video:
The short video gives us a glimpse at the role of Transformers newcomer Isabela Moner, who is also joined by Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock and Santiago Cabrera. It certainly looks as though the film will feature another large battle sequence judging by the state of the backdrop.
Moving forward, Paramount looks to ready its plans to develop a Transformers cinematic universe, so it seems probable that the coming installment, The Last Knight, will set the ball rolling for bigger things to come.
The Last knight sees the return of Age of Extinction star Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager, this time appearing alongside the Colonel Lennox and Robert Epps characters of the first three films, played by Josh Duhamel & Tyrese Gibson. The voice cast features the talents of John DiMaggio, Ken Watanabe, Jess Harnell, Peter Cullen and Frank Welker.
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Transformers: the Last Knight is expected for release on June 23rd, 2017.