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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Source: Vulture & Shoot for the Edit

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    • Little too much time on your hands?

    • @WHY?

      HAHAHA thats awesome dude! :)

    • hahaha

    • Indeed.

  2. has there been a transformers storyline without megatron?

    • yes, many. Megatron died in the 86 movie, he was turned into galvatron and was carried on for the remains of the american series, in the japanese series that came after the conclusion of the american 1 which lasted 3 and a bit seasons galvatron was only in them for a few episodes and quickly killed off.

  3. They can definitely keep it going. All they gotta do to replace megatron is make bring in galvatron and bam, you have a nemesis for Optimus. Another cool think to do is to have them leave earth and take human characters on their missions with them. Have them use that exoskeleton armor like in Transformers the cartoon movie. That whole movie has a lot of good stuff they could bring into the new trilogy.

    Autobot City, Galvatron, Unicron. who needs a prequel?

    • LOL…computers everywhere are exploding at the mere mention of trying to render a Michael Bay version of Unicron.

  4. beast wars….do it nao. and more unicron bay, u were retarded for thinking its not an obvious chioce so do it

    • Beast Wars! I posted that question on Facebook last night.

      • Oh man, that takes me back to Saturday mornings as a kid, loved that show.

        • Bring on the Beast Wars! Blackarachnia and Silverbolt were always my favorite transformers!

          • Teranchulas terrorize!!!

  5. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I really hope they introduce the Dinobots. I’m 32 and fondly remember the first incarnation of transformers with grimlock being far and away my favorite character. Love the Gavatron idea, if not bringing back Megatron. Cause honestly, megatron needs to run the decipticons. Tho I think they need to adjust the characters a bit, optimus and megatron are supposed to the best of their respective sides. And truthfully while there has been some epic battles, both have not lived up to the billing of being the best that either side can offer. Adding the Dinobots to the mix would give the next movie an interesting twist as both autobots and decipticons would want such powerful bots as allies, potentially turning the tide of a battle for either side. Will there be Dinobots, most likely not. Oh well, an old man can dream can’t he?

  6. Make an all robot movie and leave the humans on earth.

  7. Am fine with this. JUST GIVE THE MAN A GOOD F*CKIN SCRIPT.

    • It’s called toy robots with names vs toy robots with names….whatelse can you get from that????

  8. Hopefully, we’ll see Galvertron, Unicron and Hotrod, very surprised, he hasnt featured in any of the films yet.

  9. There really is no hope for a good Tranformers film That focuses on the Robots and THEIR personalities when I see fan comments like the one above. Transformers is Dead.

    • Is that why the last film made 1.4 billion? B/c the franchise is “dead”?

      • I think Marketing has a huge impact on that result, the general public just hear all the hype around it and then go to see it. I think Hyman Roth meant the franchise was dead, quality-wise. I think the first film had it all, story, action and most important inspiration, it had a message to give. The second was just an action parade with a lot of quirky humor.

        • Word of mouth and 3D actually grew box office numbers because everyone knew how crappy the second one was. The third one was enjoyed by most.

          • Number two, just turned any chance of me liking 3 to….well…into number 2.

          • Actually, alot of general moviegoers liked the second film. Yes, 3D did have a big impact on the box-office, but there’s noway a movie makes that much money if people didn’t go back to see it multiple times.

  10. Since Bay did make up for failures in T2ROTF, I still think he can pull another one off the shelves and make another awesome hit. He should do it.

  11. besides the first, i watched transformers only for its cgi and special effects ,the last 2 movies didnt have a story at all…it earned how much it did all because of its cgi and nothing else whatsoever

  12. I think it would be great if Michael Bay returns to direct Transformers 4 since Bay made the franchinse happen.

    Transformers was a awesomen movie then came Transformers 2 which for me, wasted 2 hours with just the film being about action and explosions instead of a great story and good acting.

    I thought Transformers: DOTM was going to be worse than ROTF but I was proven wrong and Transfomrer: DOTM is one of the best movies of the year.

    Still I don’t know how the series will contuine since Transformers 3 ended with:

    SPOILER ALERT!SPOILER ALERT!SPOILER ALERT!SPOILER ALERT!SPOILER ALERT!

    Megatron, Starscream, Sentinel Prime and the other Decpetions getting destoryed.

    Having Omptius Prime, Bumblebee and a few of Autobots survivng and also I am disappointed that Wheelie and Brains didn’t survive the final battle, those two were great characters and also Ironside.

    I think it would had been better if Mudflap and Skids appeared in the film for 10 minutes and had been the robots killed instead of Ironside.

    Besides I hope the rumors that Jason Statham is being in TF4 come true because it would be awesome that Statham kicks robots’s asses.

    Overall, I hope Transformers 4 will happen but I think it might not ever happen.

  13. I don’t care what anyone says, Michael Bay was perfect for Transformers. I hope he comes back for 4.

  14. I would rather not see any beast wars, I did not care for that at all. I would like to see the Junkions, The original Dinobots, Astrotrain and Blitzwing. Or better yet, a live adaptation of the animated movie…. Or heck, go Head- Masters or something…….

  15. Here’s an idea, just have the next movie follow the NEST team. Bring back Josh Duhammel and Tyrese, but bring in Stratham as the new leader. They show nothing but them blowing the pi$$ out of Decepticons. Because there’s no more Shia so they will have to go a different route, unless they find a replacement for him. That’s just me. But at least it would be more like a COD with just the robots and soldiers battling.

  16. Someone above is Saying Bay was perfect for Transformers… Like I said. No Hope…

    • Forgive me for liking explosive action in my movies about giant robots fighting each other… ;)

    • I hate to say it, but after seeing the first I had felt that Bay was born to make transformers. after seeing the second I thought that bay was basically just taking orders from the suits on what to shoot. i havent even seen the third as i dont want to waste money on it.

      if Bay and crew could somehow recapture the fun and action and good story of the first one they could put the train back on the track.

  17. I’d still rather see him do Bad Boys 3 instead. That series didn’t have as much controversy and no one claimed that Bay ruined their childhood because of it. And the last instalment earned plenty of money, and even Will Smith said he’s interested in doing a 3rd so why not give the robots a break for a little while?
    I’m sick of Hollywood being all about easy cash grabs.

  18. When I hear that already

    “would continue the franchise’s focus on human characters”

    Did they learn nothing ?
    I do not care about those Human Characters,I can watch Dallas on TV if I care about,I want my Robots ! These are characters we care for !
    Idiots working on it,with no idea what we it is about ! Transformers is about Robots,not about your little boy and his GF problems !

    And please let Bay go,he has no idea how to make good movies !
    Close Takes,cut cut cut action sequences that give you a headache..man

  19. I want Michael Bay to do something else. I want him to do something new. Let someone else do a new transformers

  20. Bring it On!!! If they film Transformers 4 and 5 back to back it would be cool to bring about UNICRON and tie a story together with Galvatron, Scourge and the Sweeps, Insecticons, Hot Rod, Insecticons, and if possible Starscream

    • Ghost Starscream could possibly be cool if done right

  21. What do you people not understand about the Transformers franchise….it’s about toy robots with names fighting/shooting each other, if they were to adabt what happens in the old cartoons from the 80′s then the movies would be no good…BECAUSE IT’S NOT THE F**KING 80′S anymore. Just relate this to war, back in the 40′s soldiers had like slow assault rifles and 2 plastic tanks…now they have remote control bomb defusers an red laser pointed magnum and predator drones, things just change, its the same principle.

  22. megatron stuck in a cybernetic afterlife,he can only come back for a few minutes in different machines,then unicron comes to his rescue and makes him galvatron,,,,,,there is the opening to the new trilogy

  23. i swear that if shia doesn’t stay and megan doesn’t come back i will commit sucide [no joking] it will be transformers fualt its all i have to live for any way but if you think im kidding go ahead and shgia leave and megan dont come back and you will find a dead 14 year old hanging from a noose
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    • Crack on then mate…

      Meanwhile the rest of us will look forward to a movie without a sh*t character who does nothing but whines about a girl *yawns* and spends most of his time bitching like a little girl.

  24. if shia and micheal bay dont stay and megan fox doesn’t come back i swear that i will commit succide [no joking] and if you think i am kidding go ahaead and make the movie with out them and you’ll heasr about a dead 13 year old with his body hanging from a noose on his roof i swear im not joking a nd it be all transformers fault its all i have to live for and if you cant do it right then theres no reason for me to be alive to see it

  25. if shia and micheal bay dont stay and megan fox doesn’t come back i swear that i will commit succide [no joking] and if you think i am kidding go ahaead and make the movie with out them and you’ll heasr about a dead 13 year old with his body hanging from a noose on his roof i swear i a
    m not joking a nd it be all transformers fault its all i have to live for and if you cant do it right then theres no reason for me to be alive to see it

  26. i wouldn’t mind another Transformers, but KEEP MICHAEL BAY OUT OF IT!!! all he does is bog his movies down with crude humor, annoying characters, and offensive stereotypes. if all of those were taken out of the first 3 Transformers movies, they would be so, so much better. please, PLEEEEAAAASE don’t let him direct the 4th one.

  27. Great. Now we’re stuck with Bay… Again! It was already annoying enough with Shia LeBouf. Get some1 else who really understands the Transformers franchise!! Please!

  28. Give us the DINOBOTS!!!

  29. I refuse to watch TRANSFORMERS 3 as they have changed the story Sam and Mikela discoverd the whole autobot race together and then you pur R.H.W who hasent had any acting experiance whatsoever as Sams NEW love interest what in the world were you thinking you have destroyed what was an awesome series so far In T1 and T2 Revenge of the fallen. Until the main characters come bk or if Shia dosent come bk bring Ramon Rodrigues bk who was in revenge of the fallen. If ur going to do an Adult Sam atleast cast someone good like james marsdon or Jake gyllenhaal and MEGAN FOX AS MIKEALA BAINS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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