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10 Movie Franchises That Michael Bay Could Make Better

Director Michael Bay is now best known for spearheading the Transformers movie franchise and turning it into a four-billion-dollar series. But despite these box office hits, not everybody loves the franchise, and while doing press junkets for his new film, Ambulance, the director revealed that it was actually Steven Spielberg who told Bay to stop making them.

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It’s thanks to Spielberg that Bay made much more interesting films like 6 Underground and Ambulance. But Bay still did a great job of creating a giant movie series, and other franchises in dire straits could use his services. He might not be the most beloved director in the world, few filmmakers are as good at working on a huge scale, and these franchises would be much better if Bay was behind the camera.

G.I. Joe
Snake Eyes and Roadblock shake hands in G.I. Joe: Retaliation

The G.I. Joe movie franchise has struggled to get off the ground several times at this point. Despite Rise of the Cobra massively underperforming, Paramount Pictures still greenlit a sequel. But even with Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis being introduced into the series, Retaliation still failed to find the audience Paramount was looking for. And most recently, Snake Eyes failed to even make back half of its budget.

If anybody knows how to turn a movie franchise based on toys into a successful, billion-dollar-grossing series, it’s Bay. One of the big problems of the G.I. Joe movies is how isolated and confined the action is, often relying too heavily on shaky-cam. But Bay isn’t afraid to dream bigger, and he could inject those large-scale action sequences and set pieces into a popcorn hit that the series so desperately needs.

Selene looking over the city in Underworld 2003

The Underworld series is a little darker than what typical Bay fare, but fans often forget that the first Bad Boys was actually very dark in tone. And the gothic club that was the setting for a typical Bay shoot-out is exactly the aesthetic that the first Underworld movie had.

On top of that, the Underworld movies got more action-oriented with each consecutive release, and that was also its downfall, so an action-focused director is what the sequels needed more than anything. As Underworld and its sequels exclusively take place at night, it’d be hard to get the shot of helicopters flying in front of the sunset that Bay loves so much. But that’s a small price to pay for a sexy, blood-sucking action movie that would see the director at his best.

Men In Black
M and H riding a bike in Men in Black International

In its current form, Men in Black has very much run its course, and many would argue that there hasn’t been a good movie in the franchise ever since the original in 1997. And the funniest thing in the latest Men in Black: International is a reference to a whole other franchise, as Chris Hemsworth’s character wields a hammer, just like he does as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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The MIB franchise has never taken itself too seriously, and it’s a perfect balance of comedy and action, just like Bay’s best movies. Based on the way International attempted to make the series feel more like a superhero-like blockbuster, Bay could bring it back to its roots and make the best MIB movie since the first one.

Predator stabs a man in Predators

Though Predator 2 is an overlooked horror sequel that deserves a second chance, the franchise has gone from one failure to another. Whether it’s Predator vs. Alien or the most recently released The Predator, fans of the series have been disappointed too many times.

Like Underworld, a Predator movie might not immediately jump out as an entry that would fit in with the rest of Bay’s filmography. But the original movie in the series is so action-packed, helicopter-filled, and soaked in bravado and machoism, and nobody does those things better than Bay. However, there’s another Predator movie on the horizon, Prey, which seems like it could be a fresh start for the series. The film is a prequel, set in the 1700s, and directed by Dan Trachtenberg, who helmed 10 Cloverfield Lane.

Pirates Of The Caribbean
Elizabeth rallies a group of pirates in Pirates-of-the-Caribbean 3

Pirates of the Caribbean has not one but two new movies in development, both of which are reboots and will star Margot Robbie. And though it’s unlikely that either one of them will be directed by Bay, there’s nothing more exciting than imagining a pirate-themed action movie from the director.

The Pirates series often got bogged down in its convoluted lore, and while most of the movies in the franchise had great premises, Bay could strip all of the unnecessary exposition and messy subplots. The movie could simply be two hours of Jack Sparrow running around and Bay could make it entertaining. And the filmmaker would have a field day creating huge explosions with the cannons on the Navy ships.

The Terminator
Sarah fires a rocket launcher in Terminator: Dark Fate

Though some Terminator fans would be critical of Bay taking over the series, as he’s known for dumbing down plots, the sci-fi series has been on a downward spiral since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. The most recent movie, Dark Fate, might be the best Terminator movie since Terminator 2: Judgement Day, but that doesn’t mean much.

Bay is clearly a big fan of Judgement Day, as the second movie in the franchise is famous for its epic chase scene on the L.A. River, and exactly that can be found in the director’s new movie, Ambulance. The first two Terminator movies are incredible sci-fi action blockbusters, and that’s something Bay knows how to direct better than most.

James Bond
Bond rides a motorcycle in Quantum of Solace

There’s a theory that The Rock is a James Bond movie, as Sean Connery stars in the former as John Mason. John Mason is a fake identity, the character is a former British Intelligence agent, and he never reveals his true identity, so it could be that Bay has already secretly directed a Bond flick.

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And it just goes to show that the director could have made the spy franchise better in the 1990s, as The Rock is better than any 007 movie from that era. Now Daniel Craig’s Bond era has come to an end, Bay could take the franchise back into a more lighthearted and fun direction after the dour and serious last few films.

The Mummy
Brendan Fraser with a torch navigating a cave in a scene from The Mummy.

While 1999’s The Mummy is a fun, campy adventure movie, the kind they don’t make anymore, and The Mummy Returns is something of a guilty pleasure, the series has had far from the best trajectory. The Scorpion King and the long-forgotten threequel are the worst directions the franchise could have gone in, and the Tom Cruise-starring reboot was the final nail in the coffin.

Universal abandoned the Dark Universe before it even got off the ground, as the 2017 reboot was planned to be the start of a cinematic universe that included Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolfman, and others. If the reboot was in the hands of Michael Bay, it would have been a supernatural action epic, and it would have had three more movies in the franchise by now.

Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider looks in the distance on his motorcycle in Ghost Rider.

It comes as a huge surprise that Nicolas Cage and Bay have only collaborated once, as the theatrical and over-the-top actor and the bombastic director seem made for each other. Cage even went on to star in movies like Con Air, which were clearly influenced by Bay. And in 2007, Cage starred in Ghost Rider, which is about a biker who turns into a flaming skeleton.

Fans of the comic book source material thought the film and its sequel left a lot to be desired, to say the least. But Cage naturally acting uncaged is the one great takeaway from the series, and Bay and the actor could reunite for a soft reboot. Though the likelihood of that happening is low, fans might get to see Cage as Johnny Blaze one more time. There’s a rumor that Cage will cameo in Doctor Strange 2.

Fast And Furious
Jakob yells at Dom in F9

There are already strands of Bay’s DNA in the Fast and Furious franchise, whether it’s the machoism of the first movie, the scantily-clad Miami residents of 2 Fast 2 Furious, or the epic set pieces of Fast and Furious 6. And though Justin Lin turned the series into the high-octane blockbuster franchise it is today, his work on F9 led to the series’ worst reviews yet.

Even die-hard fans of the franchise thought that Han coming back to life and Rome going into space was ridiculous. Fast & Furious hit its peak in the middle of its lifespan, when the movies were full of train heists and epic chase sequences, and Bay could bring the series back to that era and make the best Fast movie ever.

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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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