Director of bombastic summer blockbusters Michael Bay has said he might be willing to hand over the reigns on his uber-successful Transformers franchise. Bay told USA Today that he would like for another director to take over the franchise so that he would have more time to pursue other projects.
“There’s kind of a new chapter, a new direction in movies I want to make,” Bay told the publication. “I have a lot of stories to tell. And it’s about flexing new muscles.” One of the projects he said he wants to work on once he has more free time is a documentary on elephant poaching, and he’ll have to keep up with his increasingly extensive projects as a producer.
The fourth film in the Transformers franchise came out earlier this summer and recently passed the $1 billion mark at the box office, according to figures from Box Office Mojo. Transformers: Age of Extinction stars Mark Wahlberg alongside the giant, transforming robots. That film had the biggest opening weekend in an otherwise slow summer at the box office, taking in $100 million when it premiered.
The other Transformers films were also solid performers at the box office. Bay’s reputation is built on making movies that are virtually guaranteed huge box office success, though they are lambasted by critics. Transformers: Age of Extinction has a pitiful 20 percent fresh rating from critics on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
Bay doesn’t care about the bad reviews, and given how many people rush to the theaters to see his movies, he seems to have figured out exactly how to please audiences. “People can hate. It’s fine,” Bay told USA Today of the critical reception of his movies. “To me, the only people that know anything is the audience.”