Talking with Rolling Stone magazine while busily finishing his latest, reality based thriller 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi, Bay mentions Transformers, plus a visit to his palatial Miami home also finds him in conference with a team from Industrial Light & Magic about early effects work for the film, including a crashed alien spaceship and a new dumper truck robot featuring a cloak.
He is quick to add, however, that he really, truly wants to step off the tiring train that is the franchise this time. "Transformers, I still have a great time. It's fun to do a movie that 100 million people will see. But this is the last one. I have to pass the reins to someone else."
Paramount Pictures, of course, are keeping the flame alive, gathering writers to dream up ideas for a range of films, with Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) at work alongside Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) on the latest script, which Bay will turn his full attention to once he has finished promoting 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi. Taking aim at an unspecified 2017 release date, the film is expected to open up the Transformers universe even further to help spur future instalments and spin-offs. Bay clearly wants to move onto other things. "J.J. Abrams told me, 'You're the only guy that could do this.' But it's time to move on. One more." 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi, meanwhile, will be out in the UK on 29 January.