Michael Bay has confirmed that he will be directing ‘Transformers 5’. The film which is set for release in summer 2017 joins the catalogue of one of the most divisive film series in recent blockbuster memory. While many enjoy the ‘over-the-topness’ and wonderful CGI, others positively detest what Bay has done to a once treasured childhood memory.

The news comes from an otherwise minor line in Rolling Stone‘s interview with Bay, in preparation for the launch of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, where the director casually confirms that he is, once again, stepping back into the world of Autobots and Decepticons:

“Between his producing duties and directorial work, Bay usually has a half-dozen projects going at once. Right now, in addition to 13 Hours, he’s doing post-production on the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which he’s producing and which is due in 2016, and pre-production for the next Transformers, which he’s directing for summer 2017. “I’m doing Transformers … 5, is it?” Bay says, temporarily losing track. He shakes his head. “I’ve taken on a lot of work.”

Initially, it was believed that Transformers: Age of Extinction would be a potential exit point for the director – providing a jumping off point for franchise writers to push the story into uncharted territory and, at the same time, release Bay from the responsibility of shouldering every series entry. Yet, the Rolling Stone quote makes it clear, where Bay is involved in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows post-production work as producer, he’s beginning pre-production work as director for Transformers 5.

No doubt, skeptics will get a rise out of the filmmaker’s flippant response – in which he can barely remember, himself, how many Transformers films he’s directed; still, fans of the film series should be excited to hear that the action movie icon is back for another spin with the extraterrestrial cybernetic organisms. Love it or hate it, there are plenty who were worried that Paramount might hire a less experienced filmmaker for Transformers 5, then pressure that director to recreate Bay’s approach – potentially delivering a film that would be just as thin, in terms of story, without the benefit of Bay’s talent for on-screen spectacle