Transformers: The last Knight is up for release.
- Transformers – The last knight is set to release June 23, 2017.
- Director Michael Bay, Budget of $260 M, screenplay by Ken Nolan.
- Mark Whalberg returns for another Transformers film.
So it’s been a week since the release of the trailer for the newest Transformers movie, “Transformers: The Last Knight.” Despite what audiences may think of Michael Bay, the trailer itself seems pretty impressive as far as movie previews go. It gives a sneak peak of the action, it doesn’t spoil the story, and it hints at the potential conflicts. But what else can a keen-eyed observer pick out from it? Let’s find out.
Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction was meant to be the start of a new trilogy. Gone were Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, replaced by Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor. And with Bay behind the “wheel” of this massive sequel, the fourth Transformers movie did what previous Transformers movies have done: disappointed critics while earning boatloads of money.
Michael Bay Is Directing Transformers 5
Love him or hate him, Michael Bay has been the face of the Transformers franchise, the driving creative force since Paramount unveiled the inspired-by-toys franchise in 2007. And while early indicators once suggested that the director would move away from the massive robot series with the next movie, he actually allowed himself to be pulled back into the fold for one more Transformers story. He even did it with the most Michael Bay quote ever, telling Rolling Stone, “I’m doing Transformers… 5 is it?” Yeah, Mike. It’s the fifth one. Hopefully he puts a little more thought and effort into the story on this one, and not just the explosions.
Easily the biggest surprise in the trailer for The Last Knight was saved for the end of the preview – where Optimus Prime (once again voiced by Peter Cullen) is shown attacking his fellow Autobot Bumblebee, having turned ‘evil’ for reasons that have yet to be revealed.
Paramount Pictures has now released a new poster for The Last Knight, further alluding to Optomis’ mysterious turn to the dark side in the film with its tagline: “Rethink Your Heroes”. By coincidence, this marketing campaign for The Last Knight is beginning just as marketing starts for another upcoming tentpole that features a beloved hero-turned bad, in the form of The Fate and the Furious.
The trailer for The Last Knight also shows Optimus seemingly dead and adrift in space, suggesting that the film is borrowing a plot point from one of the previous Transformers animated TV shows. In the aftermath of Prime’s death in the 1986 animated The Transformers: The Movie – where Optimus was resurrected as a mindless zombie-like ‘evil Optimus’, so to speak.
Bay’s The Last Knight is the first Transformers installment to be produced since Paramount put together a group of screenwriters to plot out ideas for future Transformers movie/spinoffs – known as, simply enough, the Transformers writing group.
The expectation is that the Transformers movies that were plotted by the writing group will dive deeper into established Transformers lore and be more interconnected. If that holds true for The Last Knight, then the ‘evil Optimus’ from The Last Knight may turn out to be the live-action version of the evil incarnation of Optimus known as Nemesis Prime, from Transformers animated TV series past.
The Last Knight has certainly gotten an upgrade in the screenwriting department, with a screen story by Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend) and screenplay co-written by Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), as well as Matt Holloway and Art Marcum (Iron Man).
If the screenwriters have succeeded in putting together a cohesive mythology to go with the larger-than-ever spectacle and action sequences from Bay, then the fifth Transformers movie could prove to be one of the better ones (the best one?) yet.