Live-Action Film Franchise (2007– Present)
In 2007, Michael Bay directed a live-action film based on Transformers, with Steven Spielberg serving as executive producer.
It stars Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Megan Fox and Tyrese Gibson in the lead human cast while voice actors Peter Cullen and Hugo Weaving voice Optimus Prime and Megatron respectively.
Transformers received mixed to positive reviews and was a box office success.
It is the forty-fifth highest-grossing film and the fifth highest-grossing film of 2007, grossing approximately $709 million worldwide.
The film won 4 awards from the Visual Effects Society and was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Sound Editing, Mixing and Best Visual Effects.
The performance of Shia Labeouf was praised by Empire and Peter Cullen's reprisal of Optimus Prime from the 1980s was well received by fans.
A sequel, Transformers – Revenge Of The Fallen – was released on June 24, 2009.
Despite mostly negative reviews, it was a commercial success and grossed more than its predecessor.
A third film – Transformers – Dark Of The Moon – was released on June 29, 2011, in 3-D and went on to gross over $1 billion, despite receiving mixed reviews.
A fourth film – Transformers – Age Of Extinction – was released on June 27, 2014, which also grossed over $1 billion, though it got mixed to negative reviews.
A fifth film – tentatively titled Transformers 5 – The Last Knight – is scheduled for a summer 2017 release.
It will focus more on the creation of Transformers and their real masters from Optimus Prime's outer space perspective as well as the concurrent events happening on Earth.