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Transformers 3 Announced For 2011
Sequel stakes out Prime b.o. real estate

17 March 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

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Now this is confidence – there’s a good three months to go before UK audiences will clap their peepers on Michael Bay’s mega-sequel, Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen. Yet today Paramount and DreamWorks announced a release date for Transformers 3, in anticipation of box office receipts that Variety types might call ‘boffo’.

That date is July 1, 2011, which means that the Transformers threequel will pretty much have the July 4th weekend to itself. Frankly, it’s hard to envisage any rival studios being ballsy enough to go up against it.

Of course, it’s early days yet for the movie. No deals have been struck for the return of Bay, or stars Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, while writers haven’t even been hired.

No, this announcement is symptomatic of the increasing need for studios to earmark release dates for their tentpole movies a couple of years before the event. Marvel, of course, announced last week that, amongst other things, they were moving The Avengers to 2012, a year that will already see one of The Hobbit movies.

At this rate, we’ll be able to plan our 2020 weekend activities before the end of the year.

Of course, if Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen doesn't do as well as expected, this could turn out to be a very foolish bet. But we'd be very surprised if that happens. In the history of sure things, few have looked quite as sure as the total Bayhem coming our way on June 26.
 


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RE: Here's a thought
L: CORLEONE UTB: Defender of The Bay sp; I'll join him, like most people, leaving only the fake film buffs standing at the other side, attempting to impress with their "opinions" derived straight from the most respected "film critic" they can quote. More

Posted by Drone at 09:52 on 21 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Here's a thought
L: iboosh L: UTB L: CORLEONE Anyone that wants depth can fuck off and chin stroke over Ingmar Bergman's catalogue. Mark Kermode: watch out. Congratulations, I think you've just provided us with the weakest response to something ever. OMG N00B!!! You have no idea what i'm referring to so please be quiet. More

Posted by UTB at 20:20 on 18 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Here's a thought
L: UTB L: CORLEONE Anyone that wants depth can fuck off and chin stroke over Ingmar Bergman's catalogue. Mark Kermode: watch out. sp; Congratulations, I think you've just provided us with the weakest response to something ever.   If you don't like it, go watch something else!  Brilliant.  What's next?  If you don't like the taste of something, eat something else!!   LMAO.  I don't think Mark Kermode will be watching for anything More

Posted by iboosh at 16:59 on 18 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Here's a thought
L: CORLEONE UTB: Defender of The Bay amn right. I appreciate what his movies are. Pure entertainment value. Anyone that wants depth can fuck off and chin stroke over Ingmar Bergman's catalogue. Mark Kermode: watch out. More

Posted by UTB at 22:09 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

SIGN OF THE TIMES.........
It's just a gimmick, a ploy, it's advertising for the second movie. The studio are basically saying "Hey, we are so satisfied with the results of our second attempt that LOOK we're already pushing ahead with the third" I seem to recall that this happened just before the release of Men in Black 2 (they were stating parts 3 and 4 were in the pipeline) and look how that turned out. Of course Transformers was huge box office, and I love all Michael Bay movies. Bring it on! More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 21:51 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Here's a thought
all is forgiven! let's all love the Bay together! More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 18:13 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Here's a thought
UTB: Defender of The Bay More

Posted by CORLEONE at 17:41 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Here's a thought
L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD L: UTB L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD please, please, please don't let Bay sign on ome of us, however, have enjoyed the first and are looking forward to the second (which no doubt you will watch in order to bore us further with your comments of how loud/flashy/noisy/quickly edited it is). And i would love to know where these apparent comments of mine are UTB? When exactly did i say any of these things? I have a Bad Boys 2 poster on my wall for chrissakes!! More

Posted by UTB at 17:32 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

Well,
I'm really not that bothered if it's directed by Michael Bay or not...just please, no more Transformers! I hated the first one (yes, i'm probably the only person but oh frickin well) and the thought of a second and now a third one?? Christ no... More

Posted by mozzy_gal at 17:10 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Here's a thought
L: Tech_Noir L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD I have a Bad Boys 2 poster on my wall for chrissakes!!! (as evidenced in joypad uote] I rather have a Gabrielle Union poster. sp; horses for courses i guess! More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 16:28 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Here's a thought
L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD I have a Bad Boys 2 poster on my wall for chrissakes!!! (as evidenced in joypad uote]   I rather have a Gabrielle Union poster. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 16:26 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Here's a thought
L: UTB L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD please, please, please don't let Bay sign on ome of us, however, have enjoyed the first and are looking forward to the second (which no doubt you will watch in order to bore us further with your comments of how loud/flashy/noisy/quickly edited it is). sp; And i would love to know where these apparent comments of mine are UTB? When exactly did i say any of these things?   I have a Bad Boys 2 poster on my wall for chrissakes!!! (as evidence More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 15:03 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: CORLEONE L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD L: MrNumberSix Okay Kurtwood, suggest someone else then. Bay still looks like the best bet around. here is no one better, Bay is my favourite director. I just don't want him to keep making TF movies.   You don't like Transformers? Alien robots: what's not to like!? sp; i do enjoy TF, i just don't love it/ them. IMHO Bay has so much more potential than this franchise and for him to be making them till 2012 is a shame for me. I' More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 15:02 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Dont let Bay sign on???
it does genuinely dismay me that my favourite film maker is going to be stuck in this franchise till 2012. That really sucks for me personally. TF is good fun and very entertaining but i never wanted Bay to do 3 of them, especially not 3 movies in a row. I really want to see him do some other stuff. More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 15:00 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD L: MrNumberSix Okay Kurtwood, suggest someone else then. Bay still looks like the best bet around. here is no one better, Bay is my favourite director. I just don't want him to keep making TF movies.   sp; You don't like Transformers? Alien robots: what's not to like!? More

Posted by CORLEONE at 14:59 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Dont let Bay sign on???
L: Noelg25 Seriously Donovan Kurtwood...if you can think of any other director other than His Royal Bayness for something like TF3 then lets hear it. If you ask me Michael Bay is the man for this job. He proved it in the first one, the second one looks the shizzle just from the trailers alone and I for one cannot wait to see it!! I just cant picture any other director to do these kind of movies on the level that Bay can achieve. But I was a bit miffed they have announced TF3 already but I More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 14:58 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

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L: MrNumberSix Okay Kurtwood, suggest someone else then. Bay still looks like the best bet around. p; There is no one better, Bay is my favourite director. I just don't want him to keep making TF movies.   More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 14:56 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Here's a thought
L: UTB L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD please, please, please don't let Bay sign on awn. We get it. Not everyone enjoys Michael Bay. Some of us, however, have enjoyed the first and are looking forward to the second (which no doubt you will watch in order to bore us further with your comments of how loud/flashy/noisy/quickly edited it is). Personally, I think it's good news, going by the trailer for the second film, a third would be most welcome from me. sp; we More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 14:55 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

Yes...this appears to be premature. It seems Mr Bay has agreed to 2012, not 2011. Wait for the inevitable retraction from the studio... More

Posted by axeman at 14:24 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: A big-budget trilogy with only 2 yrs between the instalments.
L: Timon If the moon's gone, Earth is pretty much screwed. We need the moon. Nah, Unicron runs the risk of just looking ridiculous. Plus the All Sparks/Energon Cube or whatever you want to call it is already destroyed. I just say all out war between the Decepticons and Autobots. On Earth. In the water. In the air. In space. Let no battlefield be unused. sp; The Autobot Matrix of Leadership was not used in the last film. In fact I think you get a quick shot it in the first fil More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 14:17 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: A big-budget trilogy with only 2 yrs between the instalments.
If the moon's gone, Earth is pretty much screwed. We need the moon.   Nah, Unicron runs the risk of just looking ridiculous. Plus the All Sparks/Energon Cube or whatever you want to call it is already destroyed.   I just say all out war between the Decepticons and Autobots. On Earth. In the water. In the air. In space. Let no battlefield be unused. More

Posted by Timon at 14:12 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: A big-budget trilogy with only 2 yrs between the instalments.
L: Timon No, there shouldn't. T'would be too much like Galactacus in FF2... and that was rubbish. Transformers III: Transformers In Time! You heard me! sp; The thing in FF2 was a cloud of nano-bots, which I agree, sucked.   But I want a proper super giant robot. Maybe it can eat our moon or something.   More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 14:02 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: A big-budget trilogy with only 2 yrs between the instalments.
No, there shouldn't. T'would be too much like Galactacus in FF2... and that was rubbish.   Transformers III: Transformers In Time!   You heard me! More

Posted by Timon at 13:58 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: A big-budget trilogy with only 2 yrs between the instalments.
There had better be a planet eating robot in the next one. More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 13:56 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: A big-budget trilogy with only 2 yrs between the instalments.
By the way 2011 is a mistake, it is supposed to be 2012, as confirmed by Mr.Bay himself on the forums on his website. More

Posted by Bubba Gump at 13:34 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: A big-budget trilogy with only 2 yrs between the instalments.
Spider-man 2 came out 2yrs after the first movie. Ditto with Iron Man 2 More

Posted by schlong_kong at 12:40 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

A big-budget trilogy with only 2 yrs between the instalments.
A big-budget trilogy with only 2 yrs between the instalments. I cant think of another one. I wonder why they're in such a rush to get it out, its not like the Harry Potter kids who are getting older is it, so why the hurry. Good news though, just hope its enough time to knock out a good 3rd instalment. More

Posted by nicky1975 at 10:36 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Dont let Bay sign on???
DK you know I like you but I don't think anyone else can handle this type of blockbuster. I don't really understand why they've already given number 3 the green light but it can only mean good news for number 2 if the studio has signed on already. More

Posted by matthewforan at 10:26 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

oh and its a massive result for the studio to secure the july 4th weekend slot. More

Posted by MrNumberSix at 10:24 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

Dont let Bay sign on???
Seriously Donovan Kurtwood...if you can think of any other director other than His Royal Bayness for something like TF3 then lets hear it. If you ask me Michael Bay is the man for this job. He proved it in the first one, the second one looks the shizzle just from the trailers alone and I for one cannot wait to see it!! I just cant picture any other director to do these kind of movies on the level that Bay can achieve. But I was a bit miffed they have announced TF3 already but I can see the sense More

Posted by Noelg25 at 10:11 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

Okay Kurtwood, suggest someone else then. Bay still looks like the best bet around. Might Mick - Because TF3 is a major blockbuster it has to be announcd well in advance because it costs so much money and it has to be approved by several execs/go through mucho red tape. The film making process time for TF3 itself is no different to most other big budget (100m+) motion pictures and, like Harry 6, will always get pushed if there is extra time needed. No film with a big budget gets rushed at a More

Posted by MrNumberSix at 09:48 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Here's a thought
L: DONOVAN KURTWOOD please, please, please don't let Bay sign on Yawn. We get it. Not everyone enjoys Michael Bay. Some of us, however, have enjoyed the first and are looking forward to the second (which no doubt you will watch in order to bore us further with your comments of how loud/flashy/noisy/quickly edited it is). Personally, I think it's good news, going by the trailer for the second film, a third would be most welcome from me. More

Posted by UTB at 09:32 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

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please, please, please don't let Bay sign on More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 08:40 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post

Here's a thought
I find it genuinely depressing and even worrying how these days major blockbusters have set release dates before even having a director, writers or actors on board. Surely this must have a negative effect in the long run as everything is rushed in order to meet the deadline. More

Posted by mighty mick at 07:08 on 17 March 2009 | Report This Post


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