With Transformers: The Last Knight in cinemas, it seems Mark Wahlberg may not have the appetite for yet more Transformers outings.
With Michael Bay standing down from the Transformers franchise, it’s all change over at the long running franchise. Seems it’s not just behind the camera that fans can expect change – as Mark Wahlberg has indicated that he might be looking to step out of the franchise alongside his long-time friend and collaborator.
Speaking to Screen Rant, the actor stated that he’s unsure over his future role in the Transformers movies; indicating that he might not be back for future installments;
Screen Rant: Can we expect to see Cade again in the future, maybe the next mainline Transformers movie?
Mark Wahlberg: I have no idea.
Screen Rant: Where do you think he would go? Because he’s hit a few highs in his life and his career as a Transformers sidekick.
Mark Wahlberg: Yeah, I don’t know. That would be up to the powers that be when they go into the think tank and figure it out. But I really just signed on to work with Michael. We had a great experience in Pain & Gain, so you know… if there’s no Michael there’s probably no me.
That’s very likely to go down badly in Paramount’s head offices. With Transformers: The Last Night receiving mostly negative reviews, the franchise is seemingly in desperate need of stability. Losing its director and the main actor would be a double body blow to the wider plans for the series moving forward.
It should be noted that Paramount is moving full steam ahead with its plans for a wider Transformers universe. 2018 will see the first of these movies reach cinemas, as Bumblebee gets his own spin-off movie. It’s just interesting to see so many of the franchises key players seemingly making their way towards the exit.
Have you checked out Transformers: The Last Knight yet? Do you think the franchise can survive without Wahlberg?