‘Transformers’ Sequel Expected in 2017, Says Hasbro CEO

“We think there are any number of stories to be told from the brand that has been around for 30 years,” Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner says

“Transformers” may very well be threatening to destroy the globe again in 2017.

Entertainment Weekly reports Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner confirmed that Akiva Goldsman will be building a cinematic universe around the blockbuster property during an earnings conference call on Monday, and said they “expect” a fifth sequel in two years.

“We have in fact brought in Akiva Goldsman to lead a group of writers to really create a strategic plan around ‘Transformers,'” Goldner said. “We think there are any number of stories to be told from the brand that has been around for 30 years with amazing canon and mythology. We would expect the sequel to the ‘Transformers’ movie to happen in 2017.”

The “Transformers” franchise has been one of diminished returns in the U.S., but it is growing in popularity overseas, especially in China — a very large movie market. It has grossed billions for Paramount, which developed the franchise based on Hasbro’s line of toys.

Franchise director Michael Bay has said he will likely choose not to direct a fifth installment, and is currently filming his Benghazi drama, “13 Hours,” which is based on the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.

Mark Wahlberg, who took over the lead role in the franchise that launched with Shia LaBeouf, will be back in theaters this summer in both “Ted 2” and “Entourage.” He is currently filming “Daddy’s Home” with Will Ferrell and Linda Cardellini