Michael Bay Will Direct 'Transformers 4' for a Summer 2014 Release

February 13, 2012
Source: MTV News


Back in December, even after the director himself separated himself from the project, director Michael Bay was said to be in talks for a fourth Transformers film. Now that news is pretty much official as franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura recently spoke with MTV News and when asked about a Transformers sequel, he revealed, " “Michael [Bay]’s going to direct it. It will be in the summer of 2014.” However, going along with the news that we've heard about Shia LaBeouf not returning, the film will blend only some of the original films' cast members with new characters for a pseudo-reboot. More details below!

Di Bonaventura only had vague details about the sequel, but here's what he had to say:

“I think we really are going to do a reboot there. [But] what that’s going to be, we don’t even know yet…. We’ve got to get a story first. It’s a hybrid because there’s still continuity going on, and there will be a lot of new cast. Whether there’s anybody from the first cast, we don’t even know yet. But it’s going to be a whole new story. But the characters that would certainly come along would be Optimus and Bumblebee, I’m sure.”

So there you have it. No surprise that Bay is coming back to direct. I'm willing to bet that his being able to direct Pain and Gain, a smaller budget passion project he's been developing for awhile, was likely made possible if he agreed to take on another Transformers flick. However, it's not clear whether or not those rumors about back-to-back sequels are true or not. At the very least, we'll be seeing at least one more Transformers sequel in just over two years. Hopefully that allows plenty of time for a decent story.

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Reader Feedback - 82 Comments


Wow...keep milking the cash cow

Eddy-fung on Feb 13, 2012


Wouldn't mind seeing the actual original comic series adapted...with the A's and D's landing on prehistoric earth in the Ark and Nemesis respectively, maybe even actually getting them into the Savage Lands... Considering the Transformers was originally supposed to be part of the Marvel Universe, you could actually go in a ton of directions.

VI0LAT0R on Feb 13, 2012


Same. I own many of the Transformers comics and wanted to punch the screen when the movie came out. I find Glenlivet keeps the anger down.

Quanah on Feb 13, 2012


touche sir, i have the Turkey Rare Breed in full throttle as we speak!

VI0LAT0R on Feb 13, 2012


Mmmmm Turkey... Need to put a bottle of Rare Breed on my to do list.

Anonymous on Feb 13, 2012


So you want the Marvel Dinobots as in them being found underground now that whould be a great way to introduced them as they can be found by group of archaeologist. I did not like the way the cartoon introduced them. I whould love the Dinobots in it or at least 3 of them including the only one that had reasoning & bring in his Decepticon nemesis Divebomb for people who don't know which Dinobot I am talking about it is Swoop.

Stephen Carroll on Jul 15, 2012


Just had to mention, when you said the word "prehistoric" it makes me really want to see some dinobots in the film as well! 

JBrotsis on Feb 14, 2012


How about a reboot with a better director, somebody who knows a thing or two about plot and character development.

Dolivares03 on Feb 13, 2012


my thoughts exactly. If they are doing a reboot why do it with the same director? It would be nice to do a reboot with a new GOOD director that is more in line with the comics...

Rach on Mar 9, 2012


I dont get it, how can it be a reboot and a sequel at the same  time??

omo on Feb 13, 2012


"It's a hybrid because there's still continuity going on..."  Basically that means they have about as much of a grasp on it as you and I do, and "hybrid" is another one of those INSERT HERE words like "epic" or "groundbreaking." But hey, you asking that question is one more question than they'll ask during the whole writing process.

JP on Feb 13, 2012


 No hybrid is not used as a word to hype the movie. It's a reboot in the same way that you could call On Stranger Tides a reboot for Pirates of the Caribbean. Character continuity but there will be a new main cast, and a whole new storyline.

Ethan Anderton on Feb 13, 2012


 well OST was not much hope for a new transformers...not that there was hope in the first place.

Xerxexx on Feb 13, 2012


Basically what JJ Drunk did for Star Trek. 

Osi on Feb 13, 2012


Star Trek reebot was great... except for the Emo-Romulan villains.

Anonymous on Feb 13, 2012


And except for the plot, script, characters...

Guest on Feb 15, 2012


I usually expect this type of decision but I am a little bit surprised by Bay's decision. Leave the robots alone and do a Bay Boys 3 film! 

Day on Feb 13, 2012


I guess that refuse to deny that dry well down there..

Big Boss on Feb 13, 2012


Oh shut up 

Rchin1 on Feb 13, 2012


Aww. U mad, troll? Lol

Big Boss on Feb 13, 2012


Raimi messed up Spider-man and Bay ruined Transformers. Childhood, dead.

GBR on Feb 13, 2012


Haha your childhood is dead  Grow up nerd lots of people who dont like transfomrers seem to like the film soyou can't complain there

Rchin1 on Feb 13, 2012


k troll

GBR on Feb 13, 2012


 Nerds make the world a better place. Jock.

Xerxexx on Feb 13, 2012


Agreed, chill it Rchin1.

Ry on Feb 13, 2012


Indeed.  Without "nerds" there wouldn't be many of the things we enjoy today

Chris Amaya on Feb 13, 2012


Like all the computers and cameras and woo-dads Bay used to ruin TFs. Never really cared for Spidey.

Anonymous on Feb 13, 2012


loads of people loved the transformers, all three of them.. hence the fact why it was a blockbuster and did very well, transformers 4 the way forward! full backing with or without micheal bay, i had no issues with him it was awesome just shame there no plot as  i can see yet... 

Simon-healey on Mar 13, 2012


Dude, T:ROTF was terrible. Tell me what u liked. Even the comedy was making everyone crying!

ASB on Jun 14, 2012


Dork, not jock. Jocks love Transformers too. 90% are all cool cars or cool airplanes.

Anonymous on Feb 13, 2012


Aw, thanks for the correction.

Xerxexx on Feb 13, 2012



Hate hater on Aug 8, 2012


Couldn't have said it better myself

Tester on Feb 14, 2012


Every movie Michael Bay does I dislike more than the previous. Ten years from now I'll probably crap my pants on demand when you say the name "Michael Bay." Why can't he just leave it alone already? He needs to have a near death experience, hike to the top of Mt. Everest, and come back directing black and white Indy dramas for small circulation in towns with a population of under 500 residents.

Quanah on Feb 13, 2012


Everytime Michael Bay says he won't make another Transformers film... that apparently means he will make another Transformers film.

Andrew DiDonato on Feb 13, 2012


Reminds me of Brett Favre "retiring"..

Dane Beasley on Feb 13, 2012


Your right

Auto7601 on May 4, 2012


Justifiable homicide

Geoffrey Shauger on Feb 13, 2012


I will watch this...  crash and burn.

Mcn707 on Feb 13, 2012


CRASH AND BURN!!! FTW Now THAT is a movie Bay needs to make. Actually Verhoeven, with Bay covering FX/action scenes. RJ needs gratuitous nudity, not some scantily-clad c--k teasing.

Anonymous on Feb 13, 2012


I'm probably the only one on here that's excited.  To be honest I loved all 3 for what they were.  Mindless action.  I'm pretty sure if they didn't spend so much money on actors, they could do more robot badassery.  Let's not forget Optimus' forest fight scene.  Was that not awesome?

Chris Amaya on Feb 13, 2012


No it wasn't. I literally had no clue what was going on. Couldn't make out 1 bot from another and the hyper cuts didn't help. One gigantic confusing mess. The freeway chase/Optimus vs faux Devastator in 1 was done much better.

Anonymous on Feb 13, 2012


Really?  I found the CG to be a lot smoother in part 2

Chris Amaya on Feb 14, 2012


The effects and rendering may have been better, but the editing and poor character design were much more prominent.

Akirakorn on Feb 15, 2012


Must be offering Bay a lot of money to get him to come back to this franchise. Interesting that we haven't heard anything from him yet.

Gex on Feb 13, 2012


We have heard from him.

Chris Amaya on Feb 13, 2012


YES!!!!! Was hoping he'd come back for a fourth installment.

Jezebel on Feb 13, 2012


Hopefully Bay manages to keep that dog faced broad he was smashing out of this one.

Lebowski on Feb 13, 2012


Can't you read? They said Shia won't be back! 😛

Anonymous on Feb 13, 2012



Xerxexx on Feb 13, 2012


There's no milk left. This cow be hurting.

M.K. Nielsen on Feb 14, 2012


Excellent! Bring it on. Michael Bay you rock!! All you haters can suck it. Go find your lost childhood then get back to me.

Splsion on Feb 14, 2012


They should just call it CGI the movie.

john s on Feb 14, 2012


have it set on Cybertron and I'm in.

Ross on Feb 14, 2012


I loved the first film, but then rewatching it and watching the sequels I kinda got bored with the whole franchise.. I can't say that I'm looking forward to this, but come 2014 nostalgia might be kicking in..

Davide Coppola on Feb 14, 2012


Nooooooooooooooooooooo!!! Not again!!! What I've done to you my Lord!!!

terrible reactor on Feb 14, 2012


 I find your lack of faith disturbing

Richie G on Feb 14, 2012


 Na, just kidding. I actually fell asleep during the second one, it was so boring. A thousand explosions couldn't help that mess. Heard the third one is good... don't care

Richie G on Feb 14, 2012


The only good thing about Transformers are the Transformers transforming and blowing shit up. That is the only reason I will inevitably see this in IMAX. I'm a terrible person. Leave me alone. I hate that I love these movies and I can't justify my love of nonsense explosions.

Naypact on Feb 14, 2012


Lol, I'll just... I'll just say that this isn't being made for my demographic-- therefore I can't comment on how bad/good it might be.

Cracky on Feb 14, 2012


I have a feeling it'll go the Pirates route in terms of reboot, BUT at least no Shia (for now).  His teen rage-slapstick got really old.  I'm kinda with Naypact on inevitably seeing it.  I have no shame.  I like fighting robots voiced by Peter Cullen.        

Anonymous on Feb 14, 2012


This makes me want to vomit.

David Carlin on Feb 14, 2012



Michael Baldwin on Feb 14, 2012


I hope the Mayans were right and the world would be spared from this monstrosity.

Armand Adnan on Feb 14, 2012


Michael Bay is the McDonald's of movie directors.

Max Renn on Feb 15, 2012



Solo_Calrissian on Feb 15, 2012


funny =)

Audo7601 on May 6, 2012


I have NO faith in Bay, but continuity wise if they move on to  G2 with Hot Rod, Blur, Kup, etc... it could work. You don't need Shia for that, and you get to keep some of the original characters.

R3last on Feb 15, 2012


And people ask me why I'm an atheist. How I can be sure there is no God? Well, what more proof do you need?

Eviljohnny21 on Mar 5, 2012


Shia labeouf needes to b in it he,was da,one dat startd it he needes to finish with if

Hotboi903 on May 3, 2012


 DEAR i love transformers! i would so make my oun transformers movie . i know they are trying to stick too the commicksbut it would be so cool if they added a cadillac xlr ...i bet mor people would buy and love it more becaus lots of people love cadillac`s . COULD YOU MAKE A FITH ONE BECAUSE EVERYONE I KNOW LIKE TRANSFORMERS NO LOVE TRANSFORMERS.

Auto7601 on May 4, 2012


acholy thats my dads cadillac sts =)

Audo7601 on May 4, 2012


 i love transeformers! i would love too make my oun transeformers movie. that would be soo cool if they added an 2012 cadillac xlr...i know their trying too stick too the comicks but that would be so cool ! michel bay and eric yong can you make a transformers 5 PLEASE! I MEAN IT NOT LIKE TRANSFORMERS IS GOING OUT OF STYLE!

Audo7601 on May 4, 2012


thats not a xlr thats my dads  cadillac sts =)

Audo7601 on May 4, 2012


me when i was six

Audo7601 on May 4, 2012


I only watched Transformers 1 because of friends at work back then. I skillfully avoided and still avoid Transformers 2 and 3. If they are going to reboot the franchise, for f*** sakes, convince James Cameron to direct and get it right this time.

Terrorcon on May 27, 2012


it is not going to be the same without sam witwiki

Shane Towers on Nov 13, 2012


make a fall of cybertron movie it'll bring in tons of cash.

c.j pelliccio on Dec 15, 2012


how about putting the damn dino bots in this one! Is it too much to ask fans of all times wanna see some dino bots!

dino botsssss on Jan 11, 2013


With the new movie, there needs to be some kind of plot based off the original Transformers and not all these scatter brain stories with unneccesary comedy, weak robotic fight scenes, and pointless and useless love stories

real on Jan 20, 2013


I believe the story should start with a relationship between Optimus, the kid, and the Bumble. Transformers 4: Trinity or the Revival. Still though, it matters whether you want deceptions still inside the movie. It would and wouldn't make sense to keep them there because of the previous movies. However, a discovery should be made in the 4th Transformers where they try to collect data from the origin of Optimus, and hopefully they would be able to fix Bumblebee for him to talk again. While Optimus and his crew go for a search at their own planet, a whole dramatic play reveals and this is broad to open up incredible things to the viewers. We are talking about a population of transformers, we have only seen just couple of them from the moon on the ship, but there should be like a population of transformers

Eddy Brichuk on Feb 2, 2013

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