Transformers director Michael Bay admitted he should have stopped making new Transformers movies, but the movies continued to make so much money that he was drawn in again and again. In an interview with Unilad, Bay revealed that even fellow director Steven Spielberg asked Bay to stop making Transformers movies after the third, and Bay intended to quit, but he didn’t. .
“I did too much. Steven Spielberg said, ‘Stop at three,’ and I said I’d stop. The studio begged me to do a fourth, and then it was a billion too. And then I said that I ‘I’m going to stop here. And they begged me again. I should have stopped. That was fun to do,” Bay said.
Also in the interview, Bay reflected on the 2007 Transformers film that launched the series, saying it was “scary” to do this film because the production team didn’t know if the digital effects and technology more wide needed for such a CG-heavy movie would work as expected.
“It was a technology that we didn’t know would work, and then it was very successful. It was the first time that the digital effects were so highly reflective, so it opened up a lot of new horizons,” said said Bay.
Bay directed Transformers in 2007, followed by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), and Transformers: The Last Knight (2017). The last entry in the series was Bumblebee, which Bay did not direct. Up next is 2023’s Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, which will be directed by Steven Caple Jr. and produced by Bay.
2007’s Transformers earned $709.7 million to launch the series. 2011’s Dark of the Moon is the most commercially successful Transformers film, grossing over $1.123 billion worldwide. 2014’s Age of Extinction grossed $1.104 billion to be Bay’s second highest-grossing Transformers film. The group’s lowest-grossing was The Last Knight, which grossed $605 million.
Bay’s next film is Ambulance starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Eiza Gonzalez. It comes out April 8 in the United States.