Transformers producer Don Murphy always seemed like a straight forward sort, and he has once again proved that when talking about where that franchise could go next.
He spewed on his own personal forum: "What happens next? Certainly not a reboot. We haven't lost the Transformers. They didn't grow up or become expensive like Tobey Maguire. I don't know what happens next. I'm pretty sure there will be a second trilogy. I am pretty sure it will kick ass. And I am pretty sure some of you will hate it because it wasn't all bots." Collider.com published a list of directors (including Joe Johnson and Stephen Sommers) they think could take over from Michael Bay, and the majority of them are journeymen helmers with decent experience with heavy CGI heavy movies - but hardly stellar names. Shia LaBeouf will also not be returning to the series, so it will be a whole new story.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon has already grossed $650 million worldwide, despite only opening less than a couple of weeks ago. It should go on to be the biggest movie of the year.