A few weeks back the internet rumor mill was full speed ahead on the possibility of a Michael Bay driven Transformers 4 and 5. Of course he cooled those rumors quick. If I am not mistaken he did once even say that he did not want to direct another Transformers movie, and that Transformers: Dark of the Moon would be his last Transformers film.
Well, like bad ex’s and herpes (actually, more like bad ex’s with herpes) it looks like he might be back. Vulture is reporting that Bay is in final negotiations to direct a new Transformers film.
But wait, there is a catch! He has to make his low budget “Sun Gym gang” movie Pain and Gain first. As Vulture puts it, “Bay has been seeking to adapt the sordid revenge tale almost since its publication in 1999, and that it’s proving the major blandishment in getting Bay to commit to launching a new Transformers cycle. ‘Without Pain, there’s no tit for tat,’ explains one person familiar with the talks, ‘That’s Paramount’s leverage.'”
As for what this possible next Transformers movie would be? Of course we are low on details (and hope) “we’re told that it is definitely not a prequel, and that it will delve deeper into Transformers canon to mine older characters and lore. ‘Regular people might not care about bringing out a character like Sentinel Prime,'”
Ok, I don’t want to sound like a nerdy Transformers fan boy here, but where in Bay’s previous films did he show any concern for Transformers canon? Giant robot testicles? Racial stereotype androids? Shia LaBeouf?
One of Vultures insiders cautioned that while Paramount “does not have a closed deal” with Bay, the studio “is not far from closing” on one, either, and that an announcement could come as early as next week.
Michael Bay posted the following response to the above report on his official site:
“Right now I’m not decided on Transformers 4. 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.”