When the credits started to roll after 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon, audiences were left in the dark of the theater to contemplate any number of existential questions: what kinds of explosions are still out there for director Michael Bay to discover? Do explosions have feelings? Do they dream? When they're not exploding, are they thinking about exploding? Or are they just nine-to-five workers who simply put in their hours to make enough money to afford vacations where they don't have to explode?
Lucky for us, then, there's going to be a fourth and fifth installment of the franchise to clear some of that up.
According to the previously-linked Deadline.com, Michael Bay will deliver the fourth film in theaters on June 29th, 2014, take some time off — probably on safari where he can discover new explosions and things to destroy with said explosions — and then get right into making a fifth movie. The item goes on to say:
MichaelBay.com promises that the next installment "will bring audiences a new take on the Transformers franchise" based on the Hasbro toyline.
And then goes ahead drops the word "reboot" into the whole equation. Seeing as the plot specifics of the franchise were only around to give the robots a reason to always make sure they fought in viewing distance of Shia LaBeouf, this probably just means that producers are moving on to a less hard-smoking, hard-partying, motorcycle-riding actor this time out. Or maybe it means Bay will be producing slower, headier, low-budget poetic affairs to really examine what makes an explosion an explosion. One of the two.