Director-producer Michael Bay has announced that Transformers: The Last Knight will be his last Transformers movie.
After being involved with the Transformers franchise for over a decade now, Bay has decided to call it quits, and this time for good. The director didn’t list a specific reason for his departure from the series.
“It’s bittersweet for me. With every Transformers film, I’ve said it would be my last,” Bay wrote on his site. “I see the 120 million fans around the world who see these movies, the huge theme park lines to the ride and the amazing Make- A-Wish kids who visit my sets, and it somehow keeps drawing me back. I love doing these movies. This film was especially fun to shoot. But, this time might really be it. So I’m blowing this one out.”
Bay also thanked all of the writers who worked on The Last Knight, which Bay promises will have an expansive mythology and a massive visual scope. The director also brought in Transformer historians from Hasbro to help the writers with the franchise’s lore dating back to its animated origins.
With or without Bay, Transformers 6 is still scheduled for a June 28, 2019 release.
Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters on June 23, 2017. Check out what IGN learned about the future of the Transformer cinematic universe, including the Bumblebee standalone film slated for June 8, 2018. Also, find out what it’s really like to work with Michael Bay.