Transformers Producer Says Franchise Will Not Be Rebooted; Teases Second Trilogy
07.08.11 by BJSprecher
The tremendous success of DreamWorks' latest Transformers adaptation, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, has proven that the franchise still has legs, both domestically and internationally. However, with franchise star Shia LaBeouf uninterested in returning for a fourth and with director Michael Bay's further involvement in doubt, the question becomes, "Where does the franchise go from here?"
Some, including LaBeouf, have speculated DreamWorks would choose to reboot the franchise. However, in a recent post on his personal message board (via TFW2005), producer Don Murphy said the franchise will "certainly not" get the reboot treatment and hinted there might be more than just another sequel in store for everyone's favorite transforming robots.
In his post, Murphy makes it clear that the stars of the series are the robots and, since they don't age or ask for more money, there's no need to replace them like other producers are forced to do with their franchise stars.
What happens next? Certainly not a reboot. We haven't lost the Transformers. They didn't grow up or become expensive like Toby [sic] Maguire. I don't know what happens next. I'm pretty sure there will be a second trilogy. I am pretty sure it will kick ass. And I am pretty sure some of you will hate it because it wasn't all bots.
Considering the Decepticons (the bad robots) nearly took over the entire world in Dark of the Moon, it's hard to imagine what kind of new threats the Autobots (the good robots) would have to face in future movies to top it. But there are still scores of robots from the Transformers toy lines, comic books, video games, and animated series that have yet to appear in the movies, so there's definitely more than enough new robots to populate another trilogy of movies and beyond.