Michael Bay Says No More ‘Transformers’ Movies

Better get your fill when Transformers: Dark of the Moon hits movie theaters next July, because after that the franchise is coming to an end. At least with director Michael Bay behind the camera and Shia LaBeouf in front of it.

During a lengthy interview with Collider, Bay admitted that he’s throwing the towel in with the hugely successful series after the upcoming third installment, opining that  the franchise has run its course in its current format:

“I think this has gotta be it. I think someone else will take the torch from here. … It’s just that I don’t think you could do it again with Shia [LaBeouf] and everybody, I think it’s time to move on.”

Bay also notes his disappointment with last year’s sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, admitting that the film was plagued by several stumbling blocks:

“On the second movie we got burned. We had a writers strike, we had to agree on a story in three weeks, and then we knew they were going on strike. It was a f***ed scenario all the way around; it wasn’t fair to the writer; it wasn’t fair to me; it wasn’t fair to anybody. It was still an entertaining movie, but I think we failed on certain aspects.”

So how did Bay and crew turn things around for Dark of the Moon? According to the helmsman,

“What we did with this movie is I think we have a much better script, and we got back to basics. … It’s more serious. I got rid of the dorky comedy; I mean we’ve got two little characters, that’s it, but the dorkiness is not there. Dork-free Transformers. It’s much more serious. It’s still entertaining; it’s big-looking.”

Do you think the Transformers movie series can go on without Bay and LaBeouf, or do you agree that anything more than three’s a crowd? Share your opinion in the comments section—after checking out the newly released teaser-trailer for Transformers: Dark of the Moon below: