UPDATED: Transformers 5 and 6 Not Set in Stone Yet
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.21.2014
More from Lorenzo di Bonaventura...
Here is some more from Lorenzo di Bonaventura speaking with IGN on Transformers: Age of Extinction:
On whether they've looked at new filmmakers to direct: "My eye's on Michael. I want to keep Michael going. He does it so well. Recasting the movie created a whole new sense of energy and possibilities. I think that's going to keep his creative juices going. It's hard to imagine it without him, honestly. If you're forced to, you're forced to, but all of us are focused on Michael."
On casting Mark Wahlberg: "Here's the interesting thing about casting Mark. We presumed that the glue of this movie was going to be the father/daughter -- and then by extension -- the boyfriend, right? That was going to be the emotional glue of it. I think it surprised us how much it was. We were able to use [Wahlberg] in a way that we could never use Shia, or anybody in the cast before. So when you have the lead of the picture picking up a gun and shooting, it really changes the context of the movie. I think it's opened up a whole new possibility of where we can take him forward so that now he can push -- and I think also his storyline of being in robotics is going to -- we've never really talked about it, but I presume we'll explore that."
On using Wahlberg in the franchise: "You know, I think we can make [Wahlberg] more a driver of the plot. The hard part before was humans were given tasks like, 'Grab this and run!' They couldn't stand and fight. I think that's going to change this movie, and I think it will change the next whatever it is. Jack and Nicola were fantastic in the movie, and no doubt we'll want them back, but I don't see us going off of Mark for a long time."
ORIGINAL: Despite Paramount announcing a fifth Transformers film in 2016, Michael Bay and the producers are not planning future films just yet. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura told IGN that they haven't planned out a trilogy and are just taking it one film at a time.
"We're not planning on doing a trilogy," said di Bonaventura. "We're not not planning on doing a trilogy. It's really a one-movie-at-a-time philosophy. It feels a little arrogant. 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."
He added that they're not looking at spin-offs yet, saying, "I think one of the things that people underestimate about the Transformers mythology is how rich it is. If you actually look at the bible, if you would, there is an enormous number of characters; there's a helluva lot of storylines, etcetera. Honestly, there's been no discussion of it because we've been in the business of making it 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. We're going to find out with the audience."
Transformers: Age of Extinction opens on June 27th.