Four more Transformers films planned over 10 years, says Hasbro Studios president

Optimus Prime is shown in a scene from Transformers: Dark of the Moon

There'll be at least four more Transformers films, according to the president of Hasbro Studios.

Talking at a convention in Cannes in the south of France, Steven Davis said the next 10 years of the series have already been mapped out by a team of writers.

"We decided that we wanted to plot out the next 10 years of the Transformers franchise," he said.

"Stay tuned - Transformers 5 is on its way. And six and seven and eight."

One of the people Hasbro is working with is Akiva Goldsman, who won a screenplay Oscar in 2002 for A Beautiful Mind.

He's one of the two writers for the next film in the series along with Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Lost, Fringe).

Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz
Image caption Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz play Shane and Tessa in Age of Extinction

"We got together in a room over a three-month period of time with nine of the most creative writers I've ever worked with," he said.

"Similarly we're doing the same in television and digital."

The films have become increasingly successful financially since the first one was released in 2007.

The fourth film in the franchise -Transformers: Age of Extinction - was released last year and made more than $1bn (£656m) at the global box office.

The third movie - 2011's Dark of the Moon - also broke the $1bn barrier.

Michael Bay, who has been the executive producer on all the films in the series, will work on the next instalment as its producer but won't direct it.

The film's been given a rough release date for 2017 and will again feature Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager.

Mark Wahlberg
Image caption Mark Wahlberg plays Cade Yeager in Transformers, an inventor and Tessa's dad

But Transformers: Age of Extinction wasn't universally popular with fans or critics.

It was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for worst picture, which was "won" by Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas.

Michael Bay did win the Razzie for worst director and Kelsey Grammer was voted worst supporting actor - both for their involvement in Age of Extinction.

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