Editorial - Why Don Murphy Suggesting Another Transformers Trilogy But Not a Reboot Makes Sense

With the release of Transformers Dark of the Moon, Director Michael Bay says he is done.

Shia LaBeouf says he will not return.

What will happen?

Mr. LaBeouf suggests a reboot and Tyrese Gibson suggested that maybe Executive Producer Steven Spielberg will step in as director if Mr. Bay actually follows through with his statement.

Don Murphy, a producer on all three Transformers films says there will "certainly not" be a reboot and suggests perhaps a second trilogy is at hand.

"[The Transformers] didn't grow up or become expensive like [Tobey] Maguire," he jokes on his personal message board.

Given the time put in by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and the immense cost to create the Transformers in this trilogy, it makes absolute sense what Mr. Murphy is saying.

The franchise is still strong, as obvious from the blockbuster $410 million worldwide gross that the film has gotten so far, and unlike Spider-Man 3, which is currently undergoing a reboot, and X-Men 3, which received a reboot this summer in the shape of X-Men: First Class, it has been held as a better film than the second entry.

While to many people it was not hard to best Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, the fact that it was better-accepted by critics (save Roger Ebert, but I will not get into that) means that the franchise and the idea is still strong.

It is actually quite nonsensical to reboot the franchise, because there are many stories still to be told with these set of characters.

Where did the Transformers come from?

What about the Cybertronian war which was barely touched upon the films?

All of that can be told with these robots again. Sam Witwicky may not be a part of it (at least not played by Shia LaBeouf), but these robots still have the legs to run another great distance.

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