Michael Bay Will Probably Say Yes To 'Transformers 4'

Posted 1:12 PM December 7th, 2011 by Binh Ngo

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On Tuesday, Dec. 6, Vulture reported that Michael Bay is in "final negotiations to direct a new Transformers film," however, in the early hours of the following day, Bay debunked that report on his own message board.

Titled "Right now I'm not decided on Transformers 4", this is what he had wrote in his message:

"Studio's are passing rumors but I'm not sure what I'm doing? I know I'm going to do Pain and Gain early spring but that's it for right now. I'm leaving all my options on the table. I've got several Studio meetings in the next two weeks."

That's far from a complete denial. All we can tell from that message is that Pain and Gain is Michael Bay's next movie, and as to the "Right now..." in the message title, it just means there is no deal as of right now. It doesn't mean there won't be one. Vulture's report says as much.

After five plus years and three Transformers movies, it is understandable Michael Bay wants to work on something new, for variety's sake if for nothing else. Even Shia LaBeouf, the star of the prevous three movies, said he's done with the franchise. For a director of Michael Bay's stature, he can afford to be choosy about what projects he wants to work on. What's preventing him from committing to another Transformers movie may come down to time, egos and zeros.

It has been reported that Paramount and Hasbro want to start a second Transformers trilogy, with the fourth and fifth movies shooting back-to-back to save money. Depending on the production schedule, that's another three to four years, if not more, locked up right there. And there's that sixth movie the studio wants to make as well. That's a big chunk of time Bay could have used for other projects, and he probably doesn't want to be remembered as the director who cranked out all these Transformers movie.

In Vulture's report and from Bay's message board post, only one movie is mentioned, so the plan may be for Bay to make the fourth one to ensure the trilogy gets off to a good start and hand over the rest to someone else. Bay will, of course, negotiate for a cut of the fifth and sixth movies regardless who will direct them in the future.

Will he do it? It's very likely he'll sign. All Paramount and Hasbro have to do is to make him an offer he can't refuse. Paramount and Hasbro are probably willing give Bay as much control over the fourth movie as he wants and will compensate him as much as sensible.

Also, there's this nice little movie Bay is making called Pain and Gain, it would be a shame if something bad were to happen to it.

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