Will Paramount Convince Michael Bay to Return for Transformers 3?
by Alex Billington
June 29, 2009
That's an interesting question. A year ago, everyone would've instantly said yes, without a doubt. But it's a whole different situation now. I can't actually take credit for that question - it comes from Peter Sciretta at SlashFilm. Here's how he looks at it: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has earned an incredible $200 million in only 5 days at the box office. Sure that means most people saw it, but most hated it, or at least a majority of them did. It holds a steady 20% at Rotten Tomatoes and 6.7 on IMDb. There's no doubt about it - Paramount will finish the trilogy with Transformers 3, probably in 2011. But will Michael Bay return?
Over the last six months or so, two other big Michael Bay projects have surfaced as his probable follow up to Revenge of the Fallen - most recently, the sci-fi story I Am Number Four, but also the bodybuilders comedy Pain & Gain. If you remember, Paramount preemptively announced Transformers 3 for 2011 (with Bay) back in March. But then Bay came out and said: "No way. My brain needs a break from fighting robots." A few weeks ago, there was a big internet rumor going around that Bay wouldn't return for the sequel at all. His response: "Hah, love press how they spin. Never said it - just wanted a vacation is more to the point."
We already know that writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci won't be returning to write Transformers 3, for better or worse, but as for Michael Bay, that's still up in the air. But with a $200 million opening weekend, I'm sure Paramount will coax him to return one more time. But who knows if they'll shift it to 2012 or stick with the originally announced 2011 release? Peter thinks that he'll move onto that "small" movie Pain & Gain first before potentially returning to Transfomers. That seems possible - a Christopher Nolan-like break - but then it'll be pushed to 2012. Now the question is if anyone wants Michael Bay back?