Michael Bay Back For 'Transformers 4'

Posted 9:48 PM February 13th, 2012 by Binh Ngo

Michael Bay is back to direct Transformers 4 as we all know he would. However, he will only do the fourth Transformers movie and not the fifth. It could be for the reasons I've laid out: make sure the new trilogy got off to a good start and then hand it over to someone else.

MTV's Josh Horowitz got this scoop when he interviewed producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura at a toy fair when he spilled the beans on the next Transformers movie.

Di Bonaventura revealed that the movie is "reboot" with new characters but with continuity to the previous three movies (that's what's called sequel, by that way).

Optimus and Bumblebee are sure to return and the movie will be released in the summer of 2014.

However, he did say that since they don't have a story yet, nothing is for certain, but that's the direction they're heading. The interview is embedded below.

According to the press release, the fourth Transformers movie will be "a new take on the Transformers franchise."

Before that can happen though, Michael Bay will have to finish the action-comedy Pain and Gain, starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, first.

Transformers 4 is scheduled for a June 29th, 2014 release.

The full press release is below.

FIRST UP FOR THE PROLIFIC FILMMAKER IS “PAIN AND GAIN” STARRING MARK WAHLBERG AND DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON, FOLLOWED BY A NEW INSTALLMENT IN THE HUGELY POPULAR “TRANSFORMERS ” FRANCHISE, TO BE RELEASED ON JUNE 29TH, 2014

HOLLYWOOD, CA (February 13, 2012) – Paramount Pictures announced today that director Michael Bay has signed a two-picture deal with the studio, which will commence this spring with the filming of “Pain and Gain,” and will be followed by the next installment in the hit “Transformers” franchise.

Based on a true story, “Pain and Gain” follows a group of bodybuilders who engaged in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder in Florida. First told in an article from the Miami New Times, “Pain and Gain,” will be directed by Bay and will star Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Expected to begin production in early spring, the movie’s producers include Bay, Donald De Line and Ian Bryce.

Following “Pain and Gain,” Bay will bring audiences a new take on the “Transformers” franchise as he begins production on the fourth installment in the hit series of movies based on the best-selling Hasbro toyline. The third, and most recent installment of the franchise, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” is the fourth highest global grossing film of all time with 1.24 billion dollars of worldwide box office success. Directed by Bay, the movie will re-unite the filmmaking team from the hit franchise, including producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto and Ian Bryce; and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. Paramount Pictures will release the film on June 29th, 2014.

“Michael has been working on PAIN AND GAIN for a number of years but has patiently waited for the perfect casting to trigger a start," said Adam Goodman, President of Paramount’s Film Group. "Clearly his patience has paid off as we couldn't be more excited about this combo. His passion for this project is just awesome."

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