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Ready For Transformers 4 AND 5?
UPDATE: Bay says he's not involved!

19 October 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Ready For Transformers 4 AND 5?

Update: Michael Bay has hit his blog to play down rumours that he's in talks to return to the franchise. "I am currently not talking to Paramount on T4 and T5 despite reports. I'm looking at a lot of possibilities coming my way right now weighing options. Most likely going to be doing the low budget Pain And Gain, a true story crime thriller. It's a very quick shoot and quite funny. Also just finishing the 3 disc set of the Transformer trilogy." So there you have it. At least, for now...

Given how much money the Transformers franchise has made to date, there was no way toy company Hasbro and film partners Paramount were going to stop serving up juicy steaks made from that cash cow. And now, during an otherwise dull-as-ditchwater earnings conference call, the Hasbro brass has confirmed what we all knew already: that everyone involved is considering options for future Transformer outings. But the actual news is that the next step might be to go all Matrix/Pirates and shoot two new outings back to back.

According to Variety, the companies are in “active” discussions (we like to think that means they get together and talk while completing an obstacle course, but that would be way too much fun) with Steven Spielberg and director Michael Bay about new films.

Bay, of course, has said in the past that he’d like to step away from the series to focus on other projects. But he’s usually been tempted to return by A) dump trucks of money backed up to his house (he’s not made of stone!) and B) the chance to play with new filmmaking toys (even ones he wasn’t sure of before, like 3D). And though he seems to be committed this time to getting back to non-robotic Bayhem, such as bodybuilding pic Pain And Gain, there’s a chance he’ll be back.

One person who likely won’t return however, is Shia LaBeouf, who appears emphatic that he’s moved on to other things. Which is less of a problem for the studio, since we all know the punters show up for Optimus Prime and co anyway. Who could replace him? Rumours keep swirling about Jason Statham (who would definitely be a big change), but that's all they are for now.

What Paramount does have is a story idea cooked up by Dark Of The Moon writer Ehren Kruger, which the executives are apparently happy with. It remains to be seen whether the two-TF film plan works out and if Bay actually does sit in the director’s chair, particularly if he has to make two movies at once.

In related Hasbro property news, the company has made a deal with Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese to work on turning Micronauts into a movie.

Micronauts, in case you’ve never heard of them, originated as a successful but ultimately short-lived toy line known as Microman in Japan. A series of robots and vehicles with interchangeable parts, they’re more based around inner space than giant machines fighting.

Deadline reports that JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot company is partnering with Paramount to develop the movie, but there are no other details yet. It’s not Wernick and Reese’s first Paramount project: they also wrote the script for GI Joe 2: Retaliation

And talking of Zombieland (it's a three-link story! Somewhere an angel is getting drunk at a bar!), it would appear that Sony really is going in another direction with any possible follow-up as the studio’s TV division and the Fox network are now developing a comedy series based on the movie, which Wernick and Reese would write.

Interestingly, the duo originally planned the concept as a TV show, so they’ve already got a few ideas worked out. Producer Gavin Polone tells the Hollywood Reporter that if the series gets the greenlight, it’ll replace any plan to make a sequel film. It’s surely no coincidence that current hot zombie show The Walking Dead has returned to record ratings…


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Pleased To See
I'm pleased to see that I'm not the only one who passionately hates Bay's work on T'formers!? I've been tearing him to bits since the first one (yeah, it was OK, but still far from acceptable) and always met angry opposition. I'd like to see Jon Favreau have a go at the next installment. He was a risky yet inspired choice for Marvel, he could work the same magic for Hasbro/Paramount ??? More

Posted by walkef02 at 21:16 on 21 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: 1 was enough
Probably only good because the Knob-head wasn't taking it too seriously then it got great reviews made a ton of money and then he let it all go to his head. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 17:17 on 21 October 2011 | Report This Post

1 was enough
transformers 1 was actually a good film! even michael lets-blow-shit-up-and-make-money bay couldn't ruin it! the second was painful, i've blocked it entirely from my memory, and i really think if i have to watch any more i'll lose all hope for humanity and go live in a cave More

Posted by Swedle at 11:44 on 21 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Ready For Transformers 4 AND 5?
L: horribleives Hmm, you're right, I haven't thought it through. I'll just stick to: why the fuck would a robot wear a cunting i]? would say to blend in but that would just be banal. Shall we just blame it on Bayism? More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 18:56 on 20 October 2011 | Report This Post

Thank god
No Bay, maybe, just maybe this film might be good. The first was excellent. We all know what the second was like, so let's not go there. The third was only good for the last hour. Without The worst director in the world (apart from Ratner) this might just be what we have all hoped for. Well I am. More

Posted by cra1gs at 18:40 on 20 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Ready For Transformers 4 AND 5?
L: Emyr Thy King L: horribleives L: MoBiUGeArSkIn L: superdan L: MoBiUGeArSkIn What was so hard about it? They were bringing Cybertron to Earth. Then intended to use humans as slave labour to rebuild it. I don't understand how anyone could look to these films and say they don't understand them. What' to understand. Understand? se humans as slave labour to rebuild Cybertron? Great plan. We can't even build decent electric cars or trains that work whe More

Posted by horribleives at 18:31 on 20 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Ready For Transformers 4 AND 5?
L: horribleives L: MoBiUGeArSkIn L: superdan L: MoBiUGeArSkIn What was so hard about it? They were bringing Cybertron to Earth. Then intended to use humans as slave labour to rebuild it. I don't understand how anyone could look to these films and say they don't understand them. What' to understand. Understand? se humans as slave labour to rebuild Cybertron? Great plan. We can't even build decent electric cars or trains that work when it snows but rebuild a s More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 15:34 on 20 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Ready For Transformers 4 AND 5?
an entire race of super-advanced, highly intelligent machines who are so super-advanced and highly intelligent they can not only transform into absolutely ANYTHING you put in front of them but can also travel around the galaxy at will decide it would be easier to enslave a bunch of weak, puny, terrified, untrained, unadvanced humans with inferior intellect to take on the highly complex and no doubt mentally and physically taxing workload inherent in re-building a sodding PLANET rather than just More

Posted by Deviation at 23:59 on 19 October 2011 | Report This Post

it's all downhill regardless
I made a firm decision that Transformers 2 was the last one i'll be seeing and i've stuck to that. But Bay or not they'll just get progressively worse (if that's possible) ala batman, superman, Spiderman, etc, before it. it's not about making good movies, it's about making money, something Transformers seems to have no problem doing so i'd say settle in for at least another three instalments of this vacuous shit. More

Posted by jodybriggs at 23:47 on 19 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Ready For Transformers 4 AND 5?
L: MoBiUGeArSkIn L: superdan L: MoBiUGeArSkIn What was so hard about it? They were bringing Cybertron to Earth. Then intended to use humans as slave labour to rebuild it. I don't understand how anyone could look to these films and say they don't understand them. What' to understand. Understand? se humans as slave labour to rebuild Cybertron? Great plan. We can't even build decent electric cars or trains that work when it snows but rebuild a super-advanced robot pl More

Posted by horribleives at 23:10 on 19 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Ready For Transformers 4 AND 5?
Or perish the thought it'll all be Bay's "sformers: RotFith its ball-clanging in three-dimensional glory. More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 22:49 on 19 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Ready For Transformers 4 AND 5?
Can't you just imagine in 1-200 years time when people look back on the film History of 1 Michael Bay in the Movie Industry 1 word LOUD! More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 13:15 on 19 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Ready For Transformers 4 AND 5?
L: superdan L: MoBiUGeArSkIn What was so hard about it? They were bringing Cybertron to Earth. Then intended to use humans as slave labour to rebuild it. I don't understand how anyone could look to these films and say they don't understand them. What' to understand. Understand? se humans as slave labour to rebuild Cybertron? Great plan. We can't even build decent electric cars or trains that work when it snows but rebuild a super-advanced robot planet? In space? No problem More

Posted by MoBiUGeArSkIn at 16:58 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE:
L: D.J Give Jason Statham the lead role in T4, as Chev Chelios! and let's have Neveldine/Taylor direct. est idea yet! I'll settle for giving Mr Bay truckloads of money to e hell awayhe film so we don't get inundated with his sexist, racist, military-porn style while trying to enjoy a movie about robots beating the hell out of each other. More

Posted by NunianVonFuch at 16:36 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT'S SACRED, STOP!!!!!!
FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT'S SACRED, STOP!!!!!! More

Posted by Gaschau at 16:28 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
ttp://comicbookmovie.com/images/users/uploads/7601/GL%2 0Transform%20Animation.gif]"I know, right!"b]click More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 15:56 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Oh, Jesus. This thread could go supernova. More

Posted by Spaldron at 15:40 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE:
Perhaps some off-world action would be preferable the next time around? Get away form Earth and humans and just do a film thats Autobot and Decepticon centric. More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 15:28 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

Give Jason Statham the lead role in T4, as Chev Chelios! and let's have Neveldine/Taylor direct. More

Posted by D.J at 14:45 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

Please Dreamworks just stop!, you've had three bites at this cherry and you've messed it up royally every single time! The last thing the world needs is another one of these overblown messes. P.s Nice Krusty ref :) More

Posted by kitfisto at 14:40 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

But it's not about big robots smacking the hell out of each other, is it?
I'm tired of so called film fans trying to excuse these films as dumb fun and being just about the robots. These films always seem to be more about Sam Whitwanker trying to get a job, going to college or trying to sell stuff on ebay and the robots are a mere sideshow a lot of the time. Cineastes have every right to condemn these films as toxic waste, but more forgiving film fans would at least like a Transformers film that actually IS about the robots (who don't need lips or head scarves btw) wh More

Posted by VincentWire at 14:16 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

Oh and yes: I agree with adam250579 - get Michael 'Talentless' Bay the hell out of this and, perhaps, all other future movies ever in the existence of humanity. Please. More

Posted by Revstar at 13:21 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

Can I suggest that...
...this is one series that urgently needs a 'reboot', a term that instils dread elsewhere but would provide fresh hope to Transformers fans whose childhood dreams have been unutterably raped by Bay. Why is Hollywood happy to reboot everywhere but where it's actually perhaps needed? More

Posted by Revstar at 13:16 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

Smarten it up
Get Michael Bay out!!!! More

Posted by adam250579 at 13:05 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

Ready For Transformers 4 AND 5?
nope I wasnt ready for Transformers-end of or the tenth xmen or Wolverine or bloody Spiderman either More

Posted by bigmeuprudeboy1 at 12:17 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Ready For Transformers 4 AND 5?
L: MoBiUGeArSkIn What was so hard about it? They were bringing Cybertron to Earth. Then intended to use humans as slave labour to rebuild it. I don't understand how anyone could look to these films and say they don't understand them. What' to understand. Understand? se humans as slave labour to rebuild Cybertron? Great plan. We can't even build decent electric cars or trains that work when it snows but rebuild a super-advanced robot planet? In space? No problem. More

Posted by superdan at 11:53 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Ready For Transformers 4 AND 5?
I'm only interested if the next one is 4hrs+ and has a cast that is entirely assembled of models turned 'actress'. I want far more hysterical jokes and far less plot (Who needs plot? ROBOTS + BOOM.SMASH.EXPLOSIONS!!! (in 3D) = YES) and the final action sequence needs to last 150 minutes (at least). If it has those, I'm there. More

Posted by captainrentboy at 11:37 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Ready For Transformers 4 AND 5?
What was so hard about it? They were bringing Cybertron to Earth. Then intended to use humans as slave labour to rebuild it. I don't understand how anyone could look to these films and say they don't understand them. What' to understand. Understand? More

Posted by MoBiUGeArSkIn at 11:28 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Ready For Transformers 4 AND 5?
It's never going to be high art and sure the main reason anyone is even slightly interested is because of the big robots smacking the crap out of each other, but is it too much to ask for someone to put a bit of a story in amongst the shiny bits? my solution, demote bay to effects supervisor and give it to a director who might work out how to inject a bit of life, then i might take notice again... More

Posted by dapieman at 11:26 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Yes, but ...
I think the next main human character should be played by Derek Jacobi and the films directed by Kenneth Brannagh. What do you think? More

Posted by Emyr Thy King at 11:25 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

Yes, but ...
... only if the story is coherent. I seldom have any friggin' clue what's happening in those movies. What was supposed to be happening at the end of the last one? For what purpose was that big thing in the sky being pulled out of the sky? It just doesn't make any sense! What is it that the Decepticons are trying to achieve? ARGH! More

Posted by Nicky C at 11:20 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

Ugh....
...make it STOP. More

Posted by christofurr at 11:09 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

Was that...
triple-link and angel getting drunk at a bar thing a reference to something? More

Posted by partybee at 10:55 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

An idea
Lars von Trier directs 5 new Transformers films, back to back, setting himself a series of 7 impenetrable rules by which to shoot them, casting Madonna as a woman sadomasochistically persecuted by the marauding bots. Boof. Eat that, Hollywood. More

Posted by Crispin_Glover at 10:04 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE:
Imagine being in that cast & crew bad enough you have to spend that time making 1 film with Heir Bay ? .gif] More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 09:28 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

statham vs decepticons would be a no contest. also, my kids recently inherited some micronauts, they're shit. More

Posted by nemesis prime at 09:13 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

Pirates and Matrix sequels were overblown and soulless- transformers would fit in nicely with that ethos. Only the first one was near decent. They're robots from space that change into cars, for Christ's sake. They don't need a deep routed mythology that is involved in Earth's history and constantly constantly contradicts itself. "we don't know what this thing is" "oh wait, it's just like that one we have in the dam for the last 200 years" "oh yeah. Isn't there one on th More

Posted by sweetladybrick at 08:32 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

I want more of the sky scraper scene
Best thing in all 3 films!!! More

Posted by vdjfrancis at 07:12 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Ready For Transformers 4 AND 5?
L: Bloke from Oz Oh for the love of everything that is d decent in cinemaUST NO. sp; ahoma]Ah, c'mon Blokey... You know it ain't about that anymore. It's just about making money. If we're lucky, every now and then, something special come along and actually serve it's purpose and entertain us.r] More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 06:31 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Ready For Transformers 4 AND 5?
Oh for the love of everything that is good and decent in cinema, NO. JUST NO. More

Posted by Bloke from Oz at 05:32 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

Id only be interested if...
Bay doesn't direct them. Can only see the studios using a big name director; Spielberg would be ideal and is already producing or Abrams given his connection now. Singer or Del Toro would be pretty awesome too. More

Posted by GFoley83 at 04:35 on 18 October 2011 | Report This Post

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