Paramount Confirms Transformers 2 for 2009!
I've been following SlashFilm's continued coverage of the debate over whether Michael Bay would be making Transformers 2 by 2009 or not. There is so much that is making the whole situation fuzzy, specifically the issue of time (it took 12 months from start to finish to make Transformers) and the impending strike next summer. Paramount has confirmed today (via BoxOfficeMojo and ComingSoon) that Transformers 2 has been set for release on June 29, 2009. This doesn't help the situation, in fact it makes it worse, but at least the studio is committed to a 2009 release.
Reports currently state that Michael Bay is attempting to film another movie before the strike next year. This means he would have to complete it from start to finish before starting on Transformers 2 and having that completed by June 2009. There is where it gets a bit hazy. Can Michael Bay really complete two entire movies in nearly 21 months time? It took a full 2 years between his last movie (The Island) and Transformers. Is Paramount trying to push Transformers 2 and get that off the ground before he can take on the other project?
Transformers has currently grossed $313 million in the US box office so far. The 2009 release date is set to take advantage of the 4th of July yet again, which seemed to go over incredibly well this year.
For those of you who didn't exactly love Transformers this summer, just think about this. Some of the greatest films out of trilogies recently are the second film: Spider-Man 2, Terminator 2, Evil Dead 2, just to name a few. That's not always the case (look at Ocean's 12), but I've got a feeling that since the intro has been shown, now we'll get into the real action.