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02 October 2009  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Now, here's a clear winner of today's least surprising news story: Michael Bay will be back to direct Transformers 3, a third installment of giant robot carnage. Writing on Michaelbay.com, he also confirmed that the giant explosions will be happening in July 2011, not summer 2012 as originally thought.

Despite a critical panning, Transformers 2 took $832m worldwide, and sits second only to Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince ($927m) in global box office this year. Bay met this week with ILM, where presumably all leave is cancelled, and has been in talks with Hasbro about new characters. "Well, it's official: We have a great Transformers 3 story," Bay said. "Today is day one."

While Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox are yet to confirm, co-writer Ehren Kruger is on board, and the two leads are expected to follow shortly. Judging by the intriguing postscript at the home of online Bayhem, rumours of a feud between Bay and Fox have been somewhat overstated.

Transformers 3's July 2011 release date puts it head-to-head with Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part II in a bajillionaire's club of summer blockbusters. Place your bets on the winner below.
 


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RE:
Yeah that was a given, read that Bay's thinking about killing off Megan Fox's character too is she keeps running her mouth and comparing him to Hitler on the movie set. That certainly would make it more interesting for Shia's character Sam. More

Posted by JoeyPottr at 04:57 on 13 October 2009 | Report This Post

The final Harry Potter will out-perform TF3. More

Posted by britesparc at 10:52 on 05 October 2009 | Report This Post

Oh dear god
transformers was fun transformers 2 was shit transformers 3 will decimate any fond childhood memory I have of the cartoons Its pretty damn obvious that deathly hallows part 2 will be that summer winner of 2011. We'd of sat through 7 other films; many will want to see how it ends.. and lets be fair - the battle of hogwarts is going to be awesome. More

Posted by billkiller at 19:28 on 03 October 2009 | Report This Post

Ehren Of Judgement
Who the hell keeps hiring Ehren Kruger as a screenwriter (Scream 3, anyone?) He's one of the worst hacks in the business. You can be sure that "Transformers 3" will suck big time with him involved. More

Posted by BenTramer at 17:54 on 03 October 2009 | Report This Post

Harry Potter's finale got to do a lot better than this summer's shite! I'm still trying to get my money back on that and I was a die-hard fan. More

Posted by steveg66 at 17:55 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

We Need The Big Hitters! (But no more of that wizard wank!)
Harry Potter, has, and always will be shit. Summer blockbusters are an annual event no matter how shit they may or may not be. And out of the two I'd always rather watch the one with Megan Fox in. More

Posted by Dr Manhattan at 15:54 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: We Need The Big Hitters! (But no more of that wizard wank!)
L: Deviation L: Fozola Don't see what all the pissing and whining is for, we need big tent pole event movies every summer no matter how critically lambasted they are, they are just a summer staple. Plus, if I have to put up with more of that fucking little wizard horse shit then at least I have this to look forward to...screw the robots, bring on MORE MEGAN!!! Has anyone else seen El Superbeasto? Watched it yesterday and its frickin cool! See what I mean waltham?/quote]   More

Posted by waltham1979 at 15:34 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: We Need The Big Hitters! (But no more of that wizard wank!)
L: Pigeon Army L: Deviation L: Fozola Don't see what all the pissing and whining is for, we need big tent pole event movies every summer no matter how critically lambasted they are, they are just a summer staple. Plus, if I have to put up with more of that fucking little wizard horse shit then at least I have this to look forward to...screw the robots, bring on MORE MEGAN!!! Has anyone else seen El Superbeasto? Watched it yesterday and its frickin cool! See what I mean waltham? More

Posted by Deviation at 14:18 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: We Need The Big Hitters! (But no more of that wizard wank!)
L: Deviation L: Fozola Don't see what all the pissing and whining is for, we need big tent pole event movies every summer no matter how critically lambasted they are, they are just a summer staple. Plus, if I have to put up with more of that fucking little wizard horse shit then at least I have this to look forward to...screw the robots, bring on MORE MEGAN!!! Has anyone else seen El Superbeasto? Watched it yesterday and its frickin cool! See what I mean waltham?nyway enough, been More

Posted by Pigeon Army at 14:11 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: We Need The Big Hitters! (But no more of that wizard wank!)
L: Fozola Don't see what all the pissing and whining is for, we need big tent pole event movies every summer no matter how critically lambasted they are, they are just a summer staple. Plus, if I have to put up with more of that fucking little wizard horse shit then at least I have this to look forward to...screw the robots, bring on MORE MEGAN!!! Has anyone else seen El Superbeasto? Watched it yesterday and its frickin cool! sp; See what I mean waltham?nyway enough, I have been a bit More

Posted by Deviation at 14:06 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Critical panning?!
L: Deviation I've seen the first, so I'm talking on that, I read a lot about the second, the rubbish plot, humour, it seemed far worse, what TR had in bad it had in quadruplete(new word) and all the good points of the first one gone. Plus, I don't like Bay's back catalouge (Bad Boys and The Rock aside) and going to watch this would have been useless, especially when most poeple said if you liked the first you'll like the second one (which some didn't even). What I was going More

Posted by waltham1979 at 13:53 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: We Need The Big Hitters! (But no more of that wizard wank!)
pushed forward a year? uh oh...i smell a rush job... More

Posted by boove at 13:48 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

We Need The Big Hitters! (But no more of that wizard wank!)
Don't see what all the pissing and whining is for, we need big tent pole event movies every summer no matter how critically lambasted they are, they are just a summer staple. Plus, if I have to put up with more of that fucking little wizard horse shit then at least I have this to look forward to...screw the robots, bring on MORE MEGAN!!! Has anyone else seen El Superbeasto? Watched it yesterday and its frickin cool! More

Posted by Fozola at 13:12 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

Good.
Aside from the teleporting in ROTF I loved it. Much more interaction with the Decepticons and Optimus going all bad ass. More

Posted by Christian28 at 13:11 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Critical panning?!
I've seen the first, so I'm talking on that, I read a lot about the second, the rubbish plot, humour, it seemed far worse, what TR had in bad it had in quadruplete(new word) and all the good points of the first one gone. Plus, I don't like Bay's back catalouge (Bad Boys and The Rock aside) and going to watch this would have been useless, especially when most poeple said if you liked the first you'll like the second one (which some didn't even). What I was going agaisnt wasn't aga More

Posted by Deviation at 12:56 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Critical panning?!
Critical panning! Didn't you guys give it three stars? But hey balls to it, I thought the second film was fun and I am putting this news firmly in my 'awesome' file!   But Deviation...if you havent actually watched the film how can you have an opinion about it? I thought better of you my man! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 12:42 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Bad Transformer Boys 3
L: Pigeon Army L: Deviation L: UTB Great, that means we have to put up with another 6 months of Deviation moaning about another Transformers film. Thanks, Michael. Meh...........it's too boring. nd so it begins. They called me.   Anyway, didn't bother to see the second one and certainly won't see this.   What is amazing is how simply Bay changes his mind. More

Posted by Deviation at 12:39 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Critical panning?!
L: Maca007 For fuck's sake how introspective and intellectual can you make a movie about giant alien robots kicking fuck out of each other?! Get a grip Empire and embrace the kid inside of you it's just summer Bayhem! sp; See, but I don't actually mind poeple liking the actual films (morons still those apologists who then come wanking and crying on why the others didn't like it. On how they mised the point of bla bla bla bla bla bla.......... It's not that we don't want More

Posted by Deviation at 12:35 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Bad Transformer Boys 3
L: Deviation L: UTB Great, that means we have to put up with another 6 months of Deviation moaning about another Transformers film. Thanks, Michael. Meh...........it's too boring. nd so it begins. More

Posted by Pigeon Army at 12:27 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Bad Transformer Boys 3
L: UTB Great, that means we have to put up with another 6 months of Deviation moaning about another Transformers film. Thanks, Michael. Meh...........it's too boring. More

Posted by Deviation at 12:23 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

Gutted that bad boys 3 has been pushed aside for this... More

Posted by bombstalker at 12:21 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

Bring on the Bayhem!
Bring on the next lot of ass kicking Robots! Switch your brain off and enjoy! Why do people insist on trying to make movies High Brow all the time and find some deep meaning in the symbolism ! Enjoy what it is.... BIG ROBOTS KICKING ASS! More

Posted by 2infinity at 12:19 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

We must slay Bay to make him pay for this dismay
Sounds like those crazy Mayan bastards were a bit out with their predictions, which is clearly going to annoy Roland Emmerich. The end of the world isn't going to be 2012, it's July 2011. Really going to have to get my act together if I'm ever going to bone Jessica Alba before this hurricane of shit wipes us all out for good. More

Posted by Jack'sSmirkinRevenge at 12:13 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

Not Quite Second Place...
Transformers 2 isn't actually the second highest grossing film of the year after Harry Potter 6, it's the third. Ice Age 3 has grossed $874m, some $40odd million more than Transformers 2, thanks to its ridiculously high $678m International gross (the third highest International gross EVER). I thank you. More

Posted by Justin Greene at 12:12 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Bad Transformer Boys 3
Great, that means we have to put up with another 6 months of Deviation moaning about another Transformers film. Thanks, Michael. More

Posted by UTB at 12:11 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

Bad Transformer Boys 3
Maybe Bay could just mix Bad Boys and Transformers together and make the most awesome threequel ever - I've got two scenes already; one where Optimus Prime changes from a truck to a robot and Will Smith goes 'Damn, I got to get me one of these!' and another where Ironhide takes a piss over Martin Lawrence and he goes 'This shit just got real!'. The rest just writes itself. More

Posted by littlechris at 11:36 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

Critical panning?!
For fuck's sake how introspective and intellectual can you make a movie about giant alien robots kicking fuck out of each other?! Get a grip Empire and embrace the kid inside of you it's just summer Bayhem! More

Posted by Maca007 at 11:12 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

Aww, that's a shame, i wanted Bad Boys 3. More

Posted by D.J at 11:09 on 02 October 2009 | Report This Post

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