Mark Wahlberg: 'If Michael Bay's done with Transformers, so am I'20th Jun 17 | Entertainment News
The action star doesn't want to believe Michael Bay is leaving the series.
Mark Wahlberg insists that if director Michael Bay is really finished with the Transformers franchise, so is he.
Michael sparked rumours that Transformers: The Last Knight will be his very last film as director of the successful series when a reporter from MTV News asked him the question directly at the film's London premiere on Sunday (18Jun17).
"I think so, it's hard to say goodbye," the director revealed. "But it's been a fun run. It's time to do other stuff."
The news seemed to come as a surprise to Wahlberg who also starred in 2014's Transformers: Age of Extinction.
"If he doesn't do it, I'm not doing it," he answered in response to whether he would return to the sixth film for a new director. "I've been very clear about that. Listen, Michael is the brains behind this operation. He's been with it since its inception, and he continues to grow the franchise and expand it, so he's going to do whatever he wants to do."
He is not convinced that Bay is truly hanging up his hat, though, as he has hinted several times before that his time with the franchise is coming to an end.
"But the one thing I will say is that he's said it was his last one a number of films ago," Mark smiled. "He's so passionate about it. It's his brainchild. So he may come back."
The fifth instalment of the series which sees alien robots battling other evil aliens to save the planet opens in most major world markets this week (ends23Jun17).
Plans for a sixth Transformers film are however underway, with or without Bay, as executive producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura confirmed to MTV News. A Bumblebee standalone project has also been announced which will star Hailee Steinfeld. Michael has confirmed he will executive produce the spinoff.
Bonaventura did not want to be drawn on whether Michael will return to the Transformers films themselves, though he did admit to a fear that the director may have "had a little too much of the robots at this point."
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