It's the end of "Transformers" as we know it, but producer Don Murphy still feels fine.
With star Shia LaBeouf and director Michael Bay stepping away from the films, the future of the franchise is up in the air, but Murphy doesn’t see it is as too much of a cause for concern. In a post on his website (via /Film), Murphy said that a reboot is not needed to keep the series alive.
"What happens next? Certainly not a reboot," he wrote. "We haven’t lost the Transformers. They didn’t grow up or become expensive like Toby 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."
But what does that mean for the next trilogy? We have a couple of ideas...
Even More Action... If That's Possible
The biggest rumor swirling around "Transformers" is that "Transporter" star Jason Statham is being pegged to lead the new trilogy. While that's definitely still in the rumor stage, we could see the series ditching its average joe leading man (aka Sam Witwicky) for a more buff, action-hero main character. Statham would definitely fit that bill.
It's Called "Transformers" For A Reason
We get it, box office consumers love the "Transformers" franchise. So why not just ditch the illusion and make the main characters of these movies be the transforming robots just like in the original movie and TV series. Do audiences really need human characters to make the Autobots and Decepticons relatable anymore?
Start From Scratch
It's a hard concept to wrap our minds around, but a series doesn't need to be rebooted from the beginning to start from scratch. A new average guy finds himself helping out Optimus Prime and a whole sequence of adventures starts anew. Throw a couple references to the three previous "Transformers" flicks and you're set. And, with this style, the franchise could end up continuing indefinitely.
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