Optimus Prime will return for Transformers 4… and 5?

A couple of weeks ago, Hasbro president Brian Goldner took to the stage at the UBS Best of Americas conference where he promised that the next installment of the Transformers movie franchise would feature “a new cast of [robot] characters.” The move – designed to help boost sales for the toy giant – naturally sparked speculation that Optimus Prime could be absent from the next movie. However, director Michael Bay has now moved to reassure fans by confirming to The Huffington Post that fan favourite Peter Cullen will “of course” return to voice the heroic Autobot leader in Transformers 4, as well as discussing his reasons for extending his stay on the blockbuster franchise…

“I thought I was done [with Transformers]. Then the ride came out [at Universal Studios Hollywood] and the two-and-a-half-hour lines. And then you’re thinking, Oh my God, someone’s going to take this over. And you start doing a lot of soul-searching. Like, OK, I’m about to do a little movie, Pain & Gain… and the studio says they want to restart the franchise. And someone could come in here and screw it up, you know? So I’m thinking that if I do this last one, we set it on a new footing, we change a lot of things – but we keep the history of the three in place. But we broaden it so it can be set up and be carried on – it would have a better chance for survival, I guess… It’s like, when you look what’s going on in the film business with the franchise frenzy right now, why is James Cameron doing two more Avatar movies? Why is Peter Jackson doing three more Hobbit movies that are in the same world as Lord of the Rings? When you have a franchise, it’s very hard to give it up.”

The currently Untitled Transformers Sequel has been written by Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon) and is scheduled to arrive in cinemas in June 2014. And, as for whether it the fourth movie will mark Bay’s final foray into the world of the Autobots and Decepticons? “This is probably the last one,” he says. So, not as convincing as the outright denials about returning for a third (and fourth) time, so expect him to sign on for Transformers 5 and 6 in the very near future…

Update – According to Glenn Morshower (a.k.a. Aaron from 24), we might get a fifth Michael Bay Transformers movie sooner than expected; speaking at the Con X KC last weekend, Morshower was quoted as saying: “After I did the opening ceremonies for the [Transformers] ride, Steven Spielberg walked up to me and chatted and said ‘You know we’ve got you set to do the fourth one and probably the fifth one on the heels of that.’ So, I guess in December we are on our way to making 4 and 5.” If true, I guess that also means the “all-new human cast” is set to go the way of the “all-new robot cast”, so perhaps we’ll see a number of familiar faces after all…

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  • Starblazer27

    interesting retort by Bay as i agreed with his notion that probably someone else would possibly come on the scene and not do a good a job as he might have been able to do. This would definitely have him squirming in his seat while looking at the finished work of another director, especially if the director doesn&#39;t do the sequel justice. <br /><br />Remember Terminator 3?… it was a hot mess.

  • Dragoon

    Well all I got to say is Thank You Mr. Bay for not jummping ship cause that would not be good. For the franchise to be picked up by someone else that dose not have his caliber of creativity would kill the set up in all. Now that we know Cullen will stay as the voice of Prime all we need is Bumble Bees voice (cause the radio is only good to a piont lol). The only think they need to do is bring in

  • nicolas

    si sacan a optimus prime van a perder ventas y aficionados, la pelicula no tendra sentido, si optimus es el protagonista principal de transformers el heroico robot que jamas se rinde,…si me entero que sacan a optimus prime ni la voy a ver a la cuarta pelicula ….