Michael Bay Announces July 2011 Release for Transformers 3
Michael Bay just stole Paramount's thunder. The man himself has announced via his official forums that they've set a release date for Transformers 3 - July 1st, 2011. As he says, "not 2012." Additionally, Bay has already started work on the sequel with a meeting at ILM and a meeting with screenwriter Ehren Kruger as well as Hasbro. Bay also makes a joke about/to Megan Fox saying "welcome back" and that "I promise no alien robots will harm you in any way during the production." Oh Mr. Bay, I'm not sure your sense of humor is all that funny. He also confirms that his smaller film Pain and Gain will shoot right after Transformers.
Paramount first announced that Transformers 3 was moving forward for a 2011 release way back in March before Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen had even hit theaters. Despite the dismal reviews, it has gone on to make $401 million domestically. There was plenty of discussion about whether or not Michael Bay would return because he kept saying that he wanted to take a break and potentially direct a small feature first (Pain and Gain) before considering returning to the world of giant robots once again. But it looks like he's back and ready to go. No delaying, Paramount wants another tentpole blockbuster in two years time.