Michael Bay Might Return for 'Transformers 4' - Anyone Surprised?
Yep, we knew it would happen. After all, whether you liked it or hated it, Transformers: Dark of the Moon did make a whopping $1.12B worldwide, meaning Paramount will do anything to make sure he comes back to keep the series going. Even though Bay once said, just a few months ago, "I am currently not talking to Paramount on T4 and T5 despite reports," Vulture is reporting that "Michael Bay is in final negotiations to direct a new Transformers film," presumably following making his "small" film Pain and Gain. Bay has provided a not-so-clarifying response to this already (see below) but it's no surprise he might be returning.
Don't get too
excited angry, it's not completely confirmed yet. Not only does Vulture's report have a source saying that while Paramount "does not have a closed deal" with Bay, the studio "is not far from closing" on one either. Then again, they start out saying firmly that Bay is in final negotiations to direct, so they may be at least trying to make it happen. Word is that Michael Bay is indeed focused on Pain and Gain next (which is casting now), but might be able to shoot that and finish it quickly next year, leaving time for him to start on Transformers 4 late next year. Bay responded on his forum Shoot for the Edit regarding the news:
"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."
So I have to say, having seen Dark of the Moon in 3D multiple times, it definitely seemed like Bay was just having a blast playing with 3D and CGI for nearly 3 hours, and he kind of redeemed himself for that mess Revenge of the Fallen. Some might say this is now the perfect place for him to jump off the Transformers franchise, and move on. He kind of is getting a break making that "small" movie anyway, so then why not come back and play with the big money again, make some more crazy robot 3 hour action sequences? Plus, Vulture drops a hint about how "it will delve deeper into Transformers canon to mine older characters and lore," which I hope is the case either way. It sounds like things are still undecided, but it's definitely on the table for Bay, so we'll keep you updated on whether or not he takes it or moves on. Sound good?