Back to Back Transformers sequels

transformers-age-of-extinction-posterEarlier this year the third installment in the Transformers franchise passed the $1 Billion mark at the worldwide box office, so it comes as no surprise that Paramount and Hasbro are fast tracking parts 4 and 5. Details are sketchy but it seems as though they will be filming the two movies back to back, and Jason Statham might be joining the cast. The series got off to an enjoyable start but with two weak sequels I have lost all faith in the franchise. The original 80’s cartoon movie still stands up as the best big screen outing for Transformers, whilst it hasn’t aged well it still has a kick ass soundtrack and has more heart than all three new movies combined.

Back to back filming has rarely produced good movies, Pirates of The Caribbean and The Matrix sequels were both shot in one block and look how they turned out. The only example of this cost cutting method working that comes to mind are the Back to The Future sequels, you could argue that Superman is another example as most of part 2 was completed before Richard Donner was dismissed but that’s even further back in the 70’s.

The Fast and Furious is also said to be filming parts 6 and 7 back to back, there’s also talk of Jason Statham joining that franchise as well but I doubt he will be in them both. Shia Labeouf won’t be returning for the Transformers sequels which can’t hurt, but as Dark of The Moon was instantly forgettable it’s unlikely anybody will notice. Michael Bay is still yet to confirm he is returning, a low budget crime thriller ‘Pain and Gain’ is tipped to be his next project. Could Transformers be a better movie with a different director? Time will tell but we think that Uwe Boll should have a crack at them.

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