Remember just a week ago when Paramount Pictures announced Transformers 5, 6 and 7?
Roughly a few days ago I wrote an article about Paramount Pictures scheduling aggressive release dates for Transformers 5, 6 and 7. Well today, Paramount Pictures has come out and said that Transformers 6 will actually be a low budget Bumblebee spinoff. CEO of Paramount Pictures, Brad Grey, stated that there are characters in the Transformers universe that can and should have their own films. Right. I mean, I couldn’t tell you that I am 100% sure that majority of people are getting tired of Transformers. I can back it up with some data, but it’s hard to really say. Here’s one take on it. Transformers (2007) hit $319 million domestic. Revenge of the Fallen followed up with $402 million, which is quite a significant jump, but a fair one because I thought the first one was good and it definitely got more people interested in the franchise again. However, Dark of the Moon hit $352 million. Revenge of the Fallen wasn’t all that great, plus Dark of the Moon lost Megan Fox. I know, it’s kind of a silly excuse, but it really isn’t all that silly. Lastly, with Shia LaBeouf gone and a new cast with Mark Wahlberg as the lead, Age of Extinction was the worst of the 4 films, generating $245 million. That’s a massive drop, everyone. But guess what? All those numbers mean absolutely nothing. You know why? The rest of the world absolutely freaking loves Transformers. I’m not going to get into the numbers for each film again, but to give you an idea, that 4th instalment, with the new cast, generated $858 million worldwide. Now you’re probably thinking, “Well, comparing the number of people in North America to the rest of the world isn’t really fair”. Well, just for fun, let’s pick Deadpool. Deadpool currently sits at $152 million in North America and $132 million worldwide. That’s normal. Sure, sometimes it’s normal if worldwide generates a bit more, but we are talking a 77.8/22.2 split here. It’s not even close.
So, putting the numbers aside and getting back on track, I’m not sure if there’s an audience anymore in North America for the Transformers franchise. Maybe this Bumblee spinoff could change the direction. A refreshing, new director will certainly be at the helm and could very quickly change the landscape, setting up Transformers 7 for success. Although, with mentions that this spinoff is going to be “low budget”, in such an intensive CGI film, I’m a little worried. With the rise of spinoffs and the success of Deadpool at such a low budget ($58 million as opposed to usually $100 million) are studios entering the game a little too late now? Of course to us superhero/comic book fans, we say we can never have enough films. But, I’m starting to feel that the market is getting a little too saturated. Maybe it’s still early in the game. I don’t know what to think anymore. Maybe I need to hear a different perspective. What do you think?