Michael Bay is really done directing Transformers movies, apparently. Don’t worry, though, because he’s still going to make movies about robots. According to Variety, the explosion-loving filmmaker has picked his next two projects to direct, and one of them is the adaptation of the Daniel H. Wilson sci-fi novel Robopocalypse. The movie was formerly attached to Steven Spielberg, who will now just produce with Bay at the helm. Spielberg also had originally brought Bay in for the Transformers franchise.
Robopocalypse is about a worldwide robot uprising and the machines’ war with humans. Spielberg was developing the project for years, with Drew Goddard writing the script and Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway in mind for the leads. There’s no word from Variety on whether Goddard’s adaptation is still being used, but over the past few years the delays on production were blamed on a need to keep polishing that script. There’s still plenty more time for that one to be perfected, though, since Bay has another movie up first.
Before taking on Robopocalypse, Bay will direct 6 Underground, an original action movie written by Deadpool and Deadpool 2 scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. No plot details are known about this one, but it’s set up to begin shooting in a few months for a summer 2019 release date. Given that Wernick and Reese are mostly known for funnier action movie scripts, and their other original ideas — the very differently received Zombieland and Life — have dealt with a horror-sci-fi element, maybe this one will, as well.
Meanwhile, the Transformers movies will continue, just without Bay at the helm. He is still a producer on the franchise, working with Travis Knight on the upcoming spin-off Bumblebee and likely mentoring whomever he gets for the next sequels on the proper ways to smash giant alien robots togeteher for maximum sparks and box office success. Bay is also a producer on the live-action Dora the Explorer movie. The fact that 6 Underground is not similarly based on a book, toy, TV show or older movie makes it very curious.