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Bay passing on Transformers torch

Michael Bay has hinted he is ready to step down from the helm of the Transformers franchise.

The producer has directed all four of the giant robot action movies to date - including this year's box office hit Transformers: Age of Extinction starring Mark Wahlberg.

Michael told USA Today he is ready to pass on the franchise to a new director, saying: "There's kind of a new chapter, a new direction in movies I want to make. I have a lot of stories to tell. And it's about flexing new muscles."

The 49-year-old Hollywood producer, whose other box office hits include Pearl Harbour and the Bad Boys movies, and who produced the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, revealed he is currently eyeing a passion project - a documentary on elephant poaching.

But this does not mean the end for Transformers on the big screen. Michael said in April this year he considered the fourth instalment - which saw Mark take over from Shia LaBeouf in the lead role - was the first in a new trilogy.

So far there is no hint of who might take over directing duties on Transformers 5, and Mark has said he will only return if Michael is behind the camera.

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