Transformers is a series of American science fiction action films based on the toys and media franchise of the same namedeveloped in the 1980s by Hasbro and Takara.[note 1] Michael Bay has directed the first five films: Transformers (2007), Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Dark of the Moon (2011), Age of Extinction (2014) and The Last Knight (2017). A spin-off entitled Bumblebee, directed by Travis Knight and produced by Michael Bay, is scheduled for December 21, 2018. The series has been distributed by Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks.
The live-action film series has received mixed-to-negative reception, with criticism of the plots, sophomoric humor, overuse of product placements and the running time of the films, but praise of the visual effects, action sequences and music. It is the 13th-highest-grossing film series, with a total of $4.3 billion; two films in the series have individually grossed over $1 billion.
|Film||U.S. release date||Director||Screenwriter(s)||Story by||Producer(s)|
|Transformers||July 3, 2007||Michael Bay||Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman||John Rogers, Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman||Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce|
|Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen||June 24, 2009||Ehren Kruger and Robert Orci & Alex Kurtzman|
|Transformers: Dark of the Moon||June 29, 2011||Ehren Kruger|
|Transformers: Age of Extinction||June 27, 2014|
|Transformers: The Last Knight||June 21, 2017||Art Marcum & Matt Holloway & Ken Nolan||Akiva Goldsman, Art Marcum & Matt Holloway & Ken Nolan|