Michael Bay in Final Negotiations For ‘Transformers 4′ [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated October 23rd, 2012 at 6:45 pm,

Michael Bay Transformers 4 Michael Bay in Final Negotiations For Transformers 4 [Updated]

[Update: Michael Bay himself is speaking out about his involvement with TF4. See quote below.]

Yesterday we rehashed some old thoughts from the summer where we discussed our belief that Michael Bay could return to the Transformers franchise to direct a fourth installment. Since before Transformers: Dark of the Moon released this summer, Michael Bay and series star Shia LaBeouf adamantly claimed that this trilogy-concluding film would be the last for the both of them for the franchise.

Of course, money talks, and Michael Bay is far from denying he’ll return now. The latest reports go as far as saying Bay’s almost signed a deal with Paramount Pictures for him to return to direct Transformers 4.

After Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the series’ second installment, Michael Bay was determined to take a break to work on a passion project of his titled Pain & Gain before returning to the bigger budget, sci-fi action genre with another Transformers movie. Executive producer Steven Spielberg and the studio managed to convince him otherwise which resulted in the last 6 years of Michael Bay’s life in the film business spent nearly entirely directing a cast chock full of Cybertronian characters.

Perhaps that’s part of the reason Bay spoke so assuredly that he’d be done after doing three, but ever since day one of the release of Dark of the Moon, I knew there was a darn good chance he’d return thanks to something he told us at the Miami premiere of the film.

Last Friday, Michael Bay said the following during the unveiling of a Transformers-themed ride at at Universal Studios Singapore:

“We’re talking about it, but there’s nothing right now… I’m going to do a tiny movie first, then we’ll talk about it, if I potentially do it.”

This came shortly after Spielberg was quoted revealing his desire to have Bay return as well. According to insiders of New York Magazine’s Vulture blog, Bay is now in final negotiations to return to direct another Transformers movie and that it could be officially announced by next week. The one stipulation is that he’ll finally be able to make Pain & Gain first, a film he started on a decade ago and one that he’s hoping to have Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg star in.

pain gain michael bay Michael Bay in Final Negotiations For Transformers 4 [Updated]

The tentative plan is for Bay to begin work on Pain & Gain early next year in the spring, followed by Transformers 4 shooting in the Winter. There’s no word on the previous rumors of Transformers 4 & 5 shooting together and that will depend on the deal Bay signs with director.

UPDATE: Bay himself has spoken out about directing TF4, and though the studios are pushing for his involvement, Bay is still weighing his options:

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.

What we do know is that there’s already a rough plan in place for the film since producer Don Murphy already came out and said the next film would not be a prequel and that it would continue the franchise’s focus on human characters in an effort to kickstart a second Transformers trilogy. According to Vulture, this remains true and TF4 will “delve deeper into Transformers canon to mine older characters and lore.” One of their insiders says the following that we can take as a hint:

 “Regular people might not care about bringing out a character like Sentinel Prime. But believe me, fans of the series cared.”

Fans who saw Transformers: Dark of the Moon understand that it would be difficult to continue the series as is due to how of the characters ended up by the story’s conclusion. We can therefore expect radical changes and plethora of new characters, perhaps even mining stories from some of the other animated television series.

Expect Transformers 4 to release in summer 2014.

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  1. AND PLEASE DONT CAST JASON STATHAM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IM BEGGING YOU !!!!!!

    • I have an idea for TF4. They launch the remains of Megatron and Sentinal Prime into space… Years later after floating in space there bodies are found by refugee Decepticons and are taken away to a religious group of Decepticons who are in hiding on an alien planet, who believe in a GOD called Unicron from days of old in Cybertron history. Days later Galvatron is formed from the two bodies, he is larger than any transformer before. He amasses a large Decepticon army and releases his vengance on Earth where there is now in place a Cybertron Autobot city. This city has also increased in numbers of Autobots since the end of Transformers DOTM.
      Let me know your thoughts people..

      • You have a brilliant Idea,of increasing Autobots Randomly with the punk ass decepticons,but I have a better name for your Galvatron,How if it is Senticron,as it formed Sentinel Prime+Megatron??

      • What a great idea i want all the same characters on transformers4 i loovvee transformers1,2,3 and cant wait until number 4

    • I beg too that.

  2. Please michal make a transformers four so the franchise can still continue. and please convince Shia labeouff to stay with the transformers franchise. P.s. I think you make the best transformer movies ever.I await your replie. Scincerly:Baylor.J.Edelman. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • No need to bring back Shia,as he thought he has done a great job to Paramount by the 3 movies

  3. dear michael bay please return back to direct transformers 4 every one loves your movies if only know about transformers ever since you made your first movie that came out in 2007 and i loved it so much after i saw the movie i said to myself there has to be another movie there just has too and two years later there was and i was so excited about seeing and it was by far your best transformers movie yet these were the movies that i understood and dearly loved i thought there was only going to be two so i checked if a third one was coming out there was and i was so excited but there was one problem megan fox wasnt starring in it i cried she was one major movie her not in it impacted and probably didnt have many veiws like the first two i still liked the movie but if you actually read this (which you probably didnt because you here the same crap over) i want you to think about this question im going to ask how would your movie be with megan fox in the third installment probably better if you ask me so if you read this and direct tf 4 please hire megan fox

  4. bring back megan fox she is fit. i love transformers

  5. Megan was let go because she couldn’t keep her mouth shut about the third movie. Bay is a great director. While it pains me to say it they have to leave starscream dead. I liked him in the cartoons but they ruined him in the movies

    • i agree with your starscream statement john, in the 3rd movie alot of the main charactors were killed of ie ironhide megatron shockwave soundwave eg. i wonder if were going to see GALVATRON and HOTROD and also just how far can the TRANSFORMERS movies go, ive been obsessed with transformers 20 odd years now and just want more, craig

  6. Please please please don’t screw this one up, too. The Bots deserve better.

  7. My personal opinion is to bring back Megan Fox, because she’s fit and as the main lead, Justin Long the guy who played Matt Farrel in die hard 4.0 (a movie I watched the other day) I think he would be perfect for this

  8. I like this… someone create transformers (cartoon) , its very interesting… http://garasidata.blogspot.com/2011/12/new-transformers-pada-suatu-ketika.html

  9. Micheal Bay you should direct the forth Transformers if u need a new storyline try this one the autobots find away to rebuild Cybertron and they go back to there home world to rebuild the planet bringing with them sam carly and a few others but have them run into trouble a follower of unicron goes to earth to retreave some of the dead decepticons and bring them back to life and Uniron tells megatron to destrot optimus and megatron should demand a new boddy and then the autobots run in to run in to an old autobot who tells them a legend of Unicron and then have the autobots return to cybertron having the decepticons waiting for the autobots then have unicron show up trying to finish off cybertron then have optimus and ratchet restart the core of cybertron with the matrix and have cybertron covert to primus the creator and give the true fans the battle they have been waiting for Primus vs. Unicron and then think of an ending and i think you will get more views from transformer fans

  10. oh and fit the dinobots in the movie to so dinobot fans can have there favorite charrecters

  11. The first 3 Transformers movies paid no respect to the lore and vast mythology of the Transformers universe. GO AWAY MICHAEL BAY! The quicker you disappear the sooner the franchise will get rebooted and done right!

    • i GUESS YOUR ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO WAS MAD NOT TO SEE BEE AS A BEETLE. OR SEEING A BIG GUN HOVERING DOWN THE STREET…. aND YOU WANT IT DONE RIGHT, LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, WHAT WAS GOOD AND OK IN THE 80/90S. MIGHT NOT BE SO GOOD NOW. BUT BEING ONE OF THE BEST MOIVE OF IT’S TIME, I GUESS HE’S NOT DOING A BAD JOB

      • I totally Agree because Michael Bay is the most bestest Director in the world!!!!!!! And thanks to him I have a awesome action movie to watch and not get bored of!! I LOVE TRANSFORMERS AND I LOVE MICHAEL BAY!!!!!!!!!!!
        Not love love him though. I mean like him as a great friend or a awesome director.

  12. AAAAWWWWWWW why does the transformer 4 has to be in 2014????? Oh well i will get accustomed to it……BUT PLEASE DO NOT PUT JASON STATHAM AS A NEW STAR!!!! >-<

  13. does anybody think the dinobots could be in any forth comming transformers movie ? now that would be interesting, craig

  14. Michael Bay’s first film he directed was a Video Centerfold for Kerri Kendall. That is why all three have beautiful women in slow motion running with no bras on or walking up stairs with severe 8utt cleavage. Look at the one movie that Bay did that was decent enough to watch, The Island. That is why he got Transformers. Obviously the only research done was on how many car companies wanted to tie into the movie like the Bumblebee Camaro, just like the Cadillac in The Island.
    It’s a shame that this franchise made and broke Megan Fox, but she suffered the same fate of many who said more than they should have. A problem many actors and actresses end up regretting. Other than that it destroyed the Transformers and made special effect driven movies with no plots a norm for Hollywood. Keep in mind that Leonard Nimoy was the voice of both Galvatron and Sentinel Prime. That would give some reference to the fact that they are knowingly ignoring the old school, Gen-1 cartoons and movie. Those in the know should also be made aware that Nimoy quoted Spock from Wrath of Khan, how original, and another swipe from the eighties.
    It is true it is in part nostalgia but, I remember being able to tell who was fighting who and what side they were on, a problem that many people have when watching any of these movies. The fact that Buzz Aldrin was willing to be in the third one after punching a guy for claiming he didn’t walk on the Moon is truly ridiculous as well. For people who liked the 1986 movie, I suggest Super-God Masterforce and Headmasters. Both came out after the 3rd season.
    Let’s just hope that there will come a time in Hollywood when they respect the properties they are remaking. Each character killed was themselves a very important part of the storylines, not just Optimus and humans (which are utterly useless when it comes to fighting giant robots). Those who say things change and that is why it’s different, this crap might as well not even be called Transformers. Maybe movie makers will come up with something new for a change, seriously, we live in a cinematic, 25-year hangover. To those who say that it was all there was back then and that is why it was so cool in the eighties, what is the excuse with reusing every marketable property from the eighties all over again? It seems that what most movie makers, writers and producers lack now is the inspiration and funding they had during the eighties.
    Please don’t tell me the eighties was the last vestige of cinematic, literary and artistic creativity. Well, if the powers that be have their way and keep making crap and stamping “Gold” on it, it will be, because there will be no reference for younger generations to know any better. With all of that said, please do not make another one with the gratuitous bigotry and sexual overtones. This is a kid’s movie first, not a playground for perverts.

  15. I have an idea for TF4. They launch the remains of Megatron and Sentinal Prime into space… Years later after floating in space there bodies are found by refugee Decepticons and are taken away to a religious group of Decepticons who are in hiding on an alien planet, who believe in a GOD called Unicron from days of old in Cybertron history. Days later Galvatron is formed from the two bodies, he is larger than any transformer before. He amasses a large Decepticon army and releases his vengance on Earth where there is now in place a Cybertron Autobot city. This city has also increased in numbers of Autobots since the end of Transformers DOTM.
    Let me know your thoughts people..

    • How about post it another couple of times?

  16. “I think michael should stop convince shia labeouff. I suggest Transformers 4 onwords, you should brink the famous big guy. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson…. this will be a good and perfect combination. His action is superb and he a nice n cool guy too. you should consider this as first option.

  17. PLEASE CAST JUSTIN LONG..HE IS PERFECT FOR THE ROLE,I THINK!!!

  18. if you do make a transformers 4 you have to make a fith one and please keep Shia labeouff with the transformers

    • it whouldent be right i agre

  19. I think the thought of having a tf4 is cool but if u do change the charicters i have an idea for a new transformer. HE’S name Would be camo he could be any culer but mostly transpernet but you could see his just not that great.HIS CAR WHOULD BE A BUGATTI ELIJIA.HIS weapions would be two of sentainals blades. and the pipes cum up and thay shoot. and his body would be as close to sideswipe as posable aspesaly the wheal feet

  20. Well i think u should make another transformers with all the same characters because i saw dark of the moon and it was probaly the best movie ive ever seen with all the same characters as the dark of the moon

  21. Whether you keep the same Tranformers or bring in new ones, you MUST keep General Morshower!!

  22. I think u should bring back Megan fox she was the best actor for this movie u lost a lot of view when u took her out she was fit

  23. I think you should bring back Megan fox she was the best actor for this movie you lost a lot of view when you took her out she was fit

  24. I think you should bring back Megan fox. She was the best actor for this movie. You lost a lot of view when you took her out she was fit for this movie please bring her back have a vote or something.

  25. I think you should bring back Megan fox. She was the best actor for this movie. You lost a lot of view when you took her out. She was fit for this movie please bring her back have a vote or something.

  26. please i got it just let Dwayne the rock Johnson be in T4 he is good at all movie and put the guy that was with him in the rundown movie they worked good together the good guys have people on there side why can’t the bad guys have people on there side also

  27. Ok if your going to make transformers 4 can you please keep it a little original. First it’s time to bring Unicron. Maybe you should let Starscream pick up Megatrons pices and throw them away like garbage into outer space. I little close to the original movie. Then bring Galvatron to life. Just saying. The rest will be up to you guys imagination. I mean I’m only a number one fan of the transformers. Ok happy holidays, by…

  28. I love transformers, I never bored though I watch it many times

  29. Michael,
    I think you should have me in the movie because I am a mega fan of Transformers and I have been dreaming of being on the show!! I mean I don’t have to be on the show if you don’t want me to, but it would be great! Also you make the bestest Transformer movies EVER!!!!! I love Ironhide, and Sideswipe, and Jazz, and Mirage, and The Wreckers, and Ratchet, and Optimus, and Bumblebee, and so on so forth! I also like the Decepticons, well some of them anyways. But if you don’t want me on Transformers 4 that’s ok, P.S How did you come up with such a good idea!? With the whole Transformers and the names? Sorry I have a bunch of questions to ask you. But you don’t need to answer them, if you don’t want to. But I am a huge fan of Transformers! And yes I am a girl but I just love the way they talk and the way they fight! It’s just the best thing in the world!!!!!!!!
    I watch Transformers 1,2, and 3 so many times but I just don’t get bored of it! It’s to funny, but then again sad, because Jazz dies in the first one, Optimus dies but then Sam brings him back to life in Revenge of the Fallen, and Ironhide and Wheeljack die in Dark of the moon, but Ironhide had a good time with the other Autobots right? But still if you want you can put me in Transformers 4, I think I will do pretty good! I can be just a person with Shia, or I can talk/control a new Autobot, or a new Decepticon. It doesn’t really matter. P.S I am 13 but I can still be in the show. Right?

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