In a day and age where film studios feel the need to release a trailer for their upcoming trailers, Paramount Pictures has unleashed a brand-new teaser for the next installment in Michael Bay’s big-budget Transformers franchise which features an interesting monologue from Sir Anthony Hopkins himself and, surprisingly, a limited number of those iconic Bay-style CGI explosions.
“For a thousand years we’ve kept it hidden, the secret history of Transformers,” Hopkins’ character, Sir Edmund Burton, says as we flash through historic moments throughout time. Given The Last Knight‘s official synopsis, which claims that the “key to saving our future lies bured in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth,” it would make sense that so much of the promotional material we’ve seen for the upcoming blockbuster focuses on these strange flashbacks to the King Arthur-era and World War II.
In a letter to the fans back in February, Bay reflected on his 10-year history with the Transformers franchise and how he and the writers’ room’s efforts to expand the mythology, from the beginning of the world throughout history, was not the easiest task in the world. Bay collaborated with a number of well-known scribes in Hollywood including Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), Zak Penn (Ready Player One), Lindsey Beer (Barbie), Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider), Christina Hodson (Bumblebee), Steven DeKnight (Daredevil, Smallville), Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Lost), and Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man).
Paramount has seen little to no success at the box office over the past year or so with films such as Ben-Hur, Silence, and, most recently, Ghost in the Shell, significantly underperforming on relatively large budgets. Oh, and lest we not forget Monster Trucks, the CG/live-action hybrid that the studio took a hefty $115 million write-down on months before it even opened in theaters. It’s evident that The Last Knight does well at the box office to not only make-up for its extremely large price-tag, but to help Paramount recover from what has been a bit of a rough time for them.
Transformers: The Last Knight will hit theaters on June 23, 2017.