Universal Studios has today released plans giving the go-ahead for movie producers to begin casting for Transformers 6. The movie studio and current rights holder to the movie franchise have thus far released four robot/cars features, with a fifth currently set for release in 2017. While it is universally agreed that only the first of those movies is "any good", the cost and potential cost of owning the rights effectively corrals them into continuing to make the films.
Dan McLatherin from online blog Totally Moviez told us:
"Their hands are tied. They must be literally sitting around a table moaning and wailing that they have to make more of these things. They know they're garbage. They know they're getting worse. But they know that while there's a dumb market out there for them they have no choice."
This situation is apparently not limited to Universal. Warner Bros, Lionsgate and Dreamworks all have their version of a "future movie disasters committee" that is purposefully tuned to generating popular but worthless sequels.
"It's a sad situation in some respects," McLatherin continued. "Studios genuinely want to create really exciting, dramatic and - above all - new films. But they can't. Because of extant fan bases they are literally forced to churn out this shit. It's a sad day."
It is ironic that movie-goers bemoan the lack of original titles and abundance of sequels, prequels and tie-ins, when it appears that the studios themselves are not to blame. They are not the money grabbing peddlers of easily ground out shit that we think they are: instead it's our fault, the consumer, for demanding unoriginal mindless nonsense.
Transformers 6,7,8,9 and 10 are all due for release in the Summer of 2018.