Paramount Pictures provided us with what they refer to as the Big Game Spot for "Transformers: The Last Knight." We also get a word from Director Michael Bay on what the "Transformers" franchise means to him. bay's work on the "Transformers" movies has always been controversial and a bone of contention for many fans. However, I can't think of a single solitary director that could be more suited for the job. I don't want to hear a single person say the name Guillermo del Toro and use the shadowed, poor-excuse-for-a-film "Pacific Rim" as an example. Yeah, Charlie Hunnam's acting in that is ANY better than anyone's in the "Transformers" movies (savor the sarcasm). After the jump, you can see the trailer, read Michael Bay's message to fans, and get more info on the movie.
"Transformers: The Last Knight" opens in theaters June 23.
Directed by: Michael Bay
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Jerrod Carmichael, Isabela Moner and Santiago Cabrera
"The Last Knight" shatters the core myths of the "Transformers" franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).
There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In "Transformers: The Last Knight," the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.
Michael Bay’s letter to fans: "I’ve been living in this franchise for over 10 years now. For 'Transformers: The Last Knight,' we put together a writers’ room designed to greatly expand our mythology, integrating our films in a whole new way. Every movie will interlink.
It was a huge task to expand mythology from the beginning of the world throughout history. We had a great team of writers: Akiva Goldsman ('A Beautiful Mind'); Art Marcum & Matt Holloway ('Iron Man'); Ken Nolan ('Black Hawk Down'); Zak Penn ('Ready Player One'); Lindsey Beer ('Barbie'); Geneva Robertson-Dworet ('Tomb Raider'); Christina Hodson ('Bumblebee'); Steven DeKnight ('Daredevil,' 'Smallville'); Jeff Pinkner ('The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' 'Lost'); and Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari ('Ant-Man').
Through the summer of 2015, they worked in a huge space on the Paramount lot, surrounded by over 10,000 concept images from the franchise’s history: the movies, cartoons, and comic books. They had a life-size Bumblebee, a Megatron head, and many other props staring them down. We pulled from everything. It was a fan’s dream room.
We brought in 'Transformers' historians from Hasbro to educate them on where 'Transformers' has been – so that they could figure out where it can go.
I can safely say that there’s never been a 'Transformers' film with the huge visual scope and expansive mythology as this movie, 'The Last Knight.'
It’s bittersweet for me. With every 'Transformers' film, I’ve said it would be my last. I see the 120 million fans around the world who see these movies, the huge theme park lines to the ride and the amazing Make- A-Wish kids who visit my sets, and it somehow keeps drawing me back. I love doing these movies. This film was especially fun to shoot. But, this time might really be it. So I’m blowing this one out.
It’s a final chapter and a new beginning."