Last month, many fans were shocked to hear that a sequel to 2017's Transformers: The Last Knight was in the works. However, producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura has now revealed that's not actually the case.
In an interview with /Film, Di Bonaventura was asked if a script set directly after the events of The Last Knight was in the works. "No," he responded.
Di Bonaventura's answer is simple and clear. He doesn't comment specifically if one was ever in development, but it's totally possible that his initial answer was the result of a translation error, as the interview in which he confirmed the sequel was in Japanese. This also tracks with the idea that Travis Knight's Bumblebee is a reboot of the film franchise.
Di Bonaventura also commented on the chances of series director Michael Bay returning, saying, "I think Bay has made it really clear that he loved what he did and he’s not doing anymore. So I think the answer is we’re writing a script. At that point, once we get script we have a strong belief in, then we’ll begin to debate that. Michael’s made it really clear that he didn’t want to do it. I don’t blame him. He spent a hell of a lot, a decade of his life, shooting them."
The Last Knight earned $605 million worldwide in 2017, the lowest gross for any movie in the main Transformers franchise by over $100 million. The franchise has earned $1.8 billion at the box office, with Transformers: Dark of the Moon earning over $1.1 billion worldwide. Although Bumblebee earned less money at the box office than The Last Knight, it was made for a more modest budget and received much stronger reviews than any other movie in the franchise.