We’re quickly approaching the fifteenth anniversary of the first Transformers movie. Its success led to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Transformers: The Last Knight, and Bumblebee; with the exception of the latter, all the Transformers movies have been directed by Michael Bay, but he now thinks he should have called it quits sooner.
While speaking with Unilad, Michael Bay admitted that he made too many Transformers movies and that Steven Spielberg, who executive produced the franchise, told him to stop at three.
I made too many of them. Steven Spielberg said, ‘Just stop at three’. And I said I’d stop. The studio begged me to do a fourth, and then that made a billion too. And then I said I’m gonna stop here. And they begged me again. I should have stopped. They were fun to do.
Given how much money those movies made, it’s hard to blame Michael Bay for returning again and again. The director added that he always gave each movie his full attention. “I’m passionate about any movie I do, from Pain & Gain to 13 Hours,” Bay said. “I like going from big to small, you want to move off the same thing.” Michael Bay’s latest movie, Ambulance, is considered one of his “small” movies but is still full of that distinctive action. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a life-long criminal who talks his adoptive brother (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) into taking part in a multi-million dollar bank heist. When the robbery goes wrong after an LAPD officer is shot, the brothers are on the run in an ambulance along with an EMT (Eiza González) and the officer they shot as their hostages. “It was cool to do this, a kind of grittier, tougher action movie, a little more hardcore,” Bay said. “I got some great performances. I’m excited.“
Ambulance will hit theaters on April 8th, but you can check out a review from our own JimmyO right here.