A decade into its run in theaters, the big screen “Transformers” franchise is showing no sign of slowing down. In fact, it’s entering a whole new phase as the film series will soon start to incorporate spinoff films into its mythology — like the announced “Bumblebee” solo film. Then there’s another “Transformers” film, the sixth one, expected in 2019. Like “Star Wars” and the Marvel and DC cinematic universes, these new films are part of yearly installments in the rapidly growing “Transformers” movie franchise.
“Last Knight” marks a change in course for the cinematic universe. It’s intended to bring in new viewers and kick off the expansive universe that will be featured in annual “Transformers” films. During a set visit to “The Last Knight” this past summer, Screenrant got a chance to talk to producer Lornezo di Bonaventura about how the next “Transformers” film will relate to the upcoming spinoff films.
“’Sometimes’ is the answer. It’s not always, because I think then it feels like you’re really trying to widget it all together, and it becomes a little too neat,” said di Bonaventura. “But I think — I don’t think, I know — some of the things will have a very direct relationship. You’ll see some things in here that are laying a pipe. You won’t necessarily know that it’s laying a pipe for another movie, but it’s there.
“So there’s probably, in a really meaningful way, two or three things in this movie that really have a meaningful aspect in terms of it, and then there’s a bunch of little things,” he continued. “But we’re not making this movie to setup the other movies. That’s what I’m trying to say. If you get too carried away with that, you stop thinking about this movie.”
Di Bonaventura got a little more specific regarding exactly how “Last Knight” sets up future films, saying that “the two lines of mythology in a sense give you freedom to go a lot of different places later on that may or may not directly relate to another movie, but it’s opening up the universe in a way that I think, in that way it’s probably the most provocative, in terms of the movie.” Additionally, he said that “Transformers: The Last Knight” is “opening a really large universe of what Transformers is, and where they’ve come from, and how we relate to them, and how they relate to themselves.”
Opening June 23, 2017, “Transformers: The Last Knight” stars franchise veterans Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro, joined by newcomers Isabela Moner, Liam Garrigan, Jerrod Carmichael, Mitch Pileggi, Laura Haddock, Santago Cabrera and Anthony Hopkins.
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