‘Transformers 4 & 5′ Shooting Back-to-Back? Jason Statham Starring?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 3rd, 2013 at 9:12 am,

Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner’s very recent announcement that Transformers 4 was being actively developed came as a shock to…  no one, essentially. The “fourquel” has been all but assured ever since the third installment, Dark of the Moon, grossed over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office this past summer.

However, reports are now in that Paramount and Hasbro officials are developing plans to shoot Transformers 4 and Transformers 5 simultaneously – and already have an actor in mind to replace Shia LaBeouf as the human star of the series.

Variety says that the fourth and fifth Transformers movies – which Dark of the Moon scriber Ehren Kruger is said to already have concocted a storyline for – could be filmed back-to-back, as a cost-cutting measure. The site also reports that action maestro Jason Statham is being considered as the potential new lead for the franchise, but that an actual offer has yet to be made.

If this all sounds somewhat familiar, that’s probably because you’re remembering the rumors from a few weeks back – ones claiming that Fast and Furious 6 & 7 could also be filmed simultaneously, with Jason Statham joining their cast(s) in a supporting role.

However, while nothing is set in stone for either high-octane blockbuster franchise, it’s certainly feasible that Statham could ultimately be hired on for both the new Fast and Furious and Transformers movies. The latter project isn’t expected to begin principal photography until either late 2012 or early 2013 – a date that could (theoretically) allow Michael Bay to first direct Pain & Gain, should he decide to reprise his role as the Transformers series’ helmer – so there shouldn’t be too much overlap between the production timelines for either of the aforementioned pairs of sequels.

UPDATE: Here’s the word from Michael Bay himself, with regards to Transformers 4:

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.

This is all strictly speculation at this point, seeing how Statham has not yet (by all accounts) officially been made an offer to appear in either action movie series – not to mention, it’s not known whether or not he actually wants the job(s). One thing you can count on, though: if Paramount can devise a practical plan for how to shoot the next two Transformers movies at once – an approach guaranteed to be more cost-efficient – the studio definitely will.

One last thing – we’re gong to go out on a limb here and say most fans would consider Statham as the human protagonist in the new Transformers movies a significant “upgrade” from LaBeouf. We could be wrong, though… icon wink Transformers 4 & 5 Shooting Back to Back? Jason Statham Starring?

RE-UPDATE: Statham spoke to MTV recently and indicated that he’s not actually been approached to headline any future Transformers movies. In the actor’s own words:

“You know, I don’t know how those things start. You read them. Someone told me about it. [But] the internet is a dangerous place. [laughs] There’s a lot of stuff out there… I’ve got a lot of stuff in front of me, but Michael Bay is a talented man. This last [Transformers movie] just made a billion dollars around the world, so people like his films. He’s a talented man.”

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We will keep you posted on the status of Transformers 4 and 5 as the story develops.

Source: Variety

TAGS: transformers, transformers 4, transformers 5

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  1. Statham in Transformers, nah. I was thinking Bradley Cooper for an older Sam, but Statham in FF6 is pure genius, love that.

    • Bradley Cooper as an older Sam ? thats a flippin good idea :D the movie starts 10 years after 3rd film! rise of Galvatron !

      • Exactly what I was thinking, maybe Sam’s a member of NEST.

        • Perfect !! I can definately see him being a part of NEST (somewhat similar to John Connor role in Terminator Salvation but not as robotic) Galvatron rises in number 4 and then it ends with “to be continued..” and the trailer for number 5 is shown at the end of film 4. EPIC !

          • actually I hope it doesnt resemble greatly of John Connor otherwise its depressing -__- maybe he transitions into NEST in film 4 n 5.

        • that right there is a damn good idea. i mean sam has already had enough experience in the battles after doing it in all three movies. he should def. be a member of NEST

    • I can live whith that as well, and it would be good as well.

  2. Pretty good choice. Hopefully with the change (upgrade) in lead actor, the tone of the movies will get a little more serious. Who could really take LeBeouf seriously as an action hero of any kind? These movies really need to go in a different direction.

    • haha, good point.

  3. NO. Please, Michael Bay, DON’T DO IT. Not only will more Transformer movie just suck the series into the abyss of lowly reviews, but it would also tarnish Statham’s credibility as an actor! Was the first movie fine? Yes, but seriously Bay – this needs to end now. There’s been more explosions than dialogue from your later movies. Heck, even Bad Boys 3 would be better….

    • If you’re looking for great dialogue and story line in a movie and less explosions, I’m pretty sure that you’re watching the wrong movie. Transformers is supposed to be about robots and their fighting

  4. Get it done. Jason Statham has clearly taken over top dog for action movies and I would like a new perspective on the franchise. The movie has have an international theme and background because they’ve focused on the states too much in the first 3 movies.

  5. Although I’m a massive fan of the ‘Strath’ his martial dancing will only end in tears when he tries to round house a 10 ton metal Robot. He is perfect for FF6 but not good for TF4. His ‘unique talents’ would be wasted on it and an East End London geezer accent would just be silly against Optimus Primes mega elocution.

    TF4 needs that young chick who starred in Hanna as the new young star, coz, lets get real, they are going to have to put in a teenager for the films main star.

    Bring it on quick though…. as TF3 was epic for all the right reasons, except for, funnily enough the english accented robot. (I’m English by the way)

  6. Why dont they just push the series a few decades into the future? Just enough to where Sam/Carly would be too old to keep fighting for the autobots, and are (more or less) retired? That would solve the recasting issues, without causing too much of an “I Call BS” factor.

    As for Statham, future series or not, I just dont think that he would fit. There’s a reason that Shia worked so well this whole time: its because he’s an antihero. Statham is definitely the carbon copy of what someone would consider an average hero. If they do a recast, they should have another, less “beefy” guy to play the main role.

  7. Why dont they just push the series a few decades into the future? Just enough to where Sam/Carly would be too old to keep fighting for the autobots, and are (more or less) retired? That would solve the recasting issues, without causing too much of an “I Call BS” factor.

  8. I thought Shia was good in all three movies (except for maybe the second one, but who liked the second one anyway?) and will be sad to see him go. I’m probably the only person who feels this way, but . . .

  9. I would love to see Statham be in T4 and T5, could be a better lead than before.

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  11. NOOO Please Noo Michael don’t ruin Transformers please!!!!

  12. my opinion leave the actors how they are it was already messed up when megan fox was gone and she did well in T1 &T2 if they change the actors is not gonna be tje same cuz we seen the same faces in all t movies n by taking the main actor would just killed tranformer period it wont be the.same we all seen the cartoons of transformer im pretty sure Michael Bay could come with some ideas

  13. Wouldn’t that be quite funny seeming that jason statham is with the chick from transformers 3. but having said that I think I should they should stop doing transformers movies.. a trilogy is enough.

  14. Do not replace Shia LaBeouf! He’s like the franchise player for Transformers! If he doesn’t want to do it offer more money. He’s a beast! He makes the movies!

  15. There can’t be another Tranformers movie without Shia LaBeouff aka Sam Witwicky, because it won’t obviously be the same without him. he makes a good fit for the movie and any other actor for the movie will not be the same.With him in the movie it all ties it together. Personally i think Shia LaBeouff should stay for the following Transformers movies.

  16. DO NOT REPLACE SHAI LEBEOUFF. I WOULD PROBABLY NOT WATCH IT IF HE WAS REPLACED. ITS BAD ENOUGH MEGAN FOX WAS REPLACED BUT YOU CANT REPLACE ALL THE MAIN CHARACTERS… IT WOULDNT BE TRANSFORMERS ANYMORE… IT WOULD BE NOTHING. I LOVE THESE MOVIES AND THERE SHOULD BE MORE. JUST DONT KEEP CHANGING THE CAST. ESPECIALLY NOT THE CUTE SOLDIER GUY(: (JOSH DUHAMEL) PLEASEEEEEE DONT RUIN TRASNFORMERS!

  17. WHY WHY! TRANSFORMERS IS MY FAVORITE MOVIE I ALSO AGREE WITH BUMBLEBEE YOU CANT REPLACE MY WIFE MEGAN FOX ALTHOUGH THE NEW ONE IS CUTE…ITS RUINING THE MOVIE IF YOU REPLACE SHIA LABOUF IT WONT BE THE MOVIE I ALWAYS LOVED. PLEASEEE MICHAEL BAY DONT REPLACE HIM PLEASEE I BEG OFN YOU… AT LEAST MAKE THE NEW MOVIES GOOD PPPPPLLLLLLLEEEEEEAAAAASSSSSEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. I think it all depends on how far later the new two movies will be set,if set far enough in the future then they need the new actor for Sam, cause if they go roughly by the series timelines then someone needs to play an older Sam, and have him and Carly married as in the series and introduce Daniel, to keep the storyline somewhat the same.

    But if not set that far in the future then keep Shia for Sam. Just pointing out some things to be concidered. I also like the current actors playing their roles, but sometimes change is good, but only if the movies timeline is way different than the very near future.

  19. LOL I want

    Transformers: 4pocalypse
    Transformers 5

    bcos its good but shia isnt good. 2 many eplosions

  20. I’m ok if they remove Shia as Sam … as long as they don’t put Statham … I think they should take the Soldier from the first and third movie to give a more action movie … And for a badass enemy … put Galvatron with Cyclonus !!!

  21. The older Sam idea is a pretty dam good one. Then you can get GALVATRON and Unicron in!

  22. transformers 4/5 and fast and furiuos 6 .. Jason Statham so rich :) but really great actor !

  23. Why won’t Shia LaBeouf be on T4 andT5?

    • He felt his character isn’t going anywhere… the Messenger. OT: I hate Statham… he sucks !

  24. I would be devastated if they recasted LaBeauf… He is undoubtedly my favourite actor (you should see eagle eye and disturbia….. mind you stathem in the bank job and ofcourse the italian job “remake” is my second…
    Shia is perfect for the role… and as mentioned above an antihero… “the entire plot of the 2nd movie” which I LIKED!!!!!

  25. Its also very important to add.. if they do recast the “jump a few decades’ idea is pure genius… if no one has worked up a screen play yet then this is the way to go… if they have shred it and start again….
    Paramount need to get themselves in gear.. 1billion gross versus the miniscule profits in comparison they make by lobbing money at tv and low budget productions…. T4 T5 T6 T7 T8 T9 I SAY!

  26. OK SO IM WAAAAY BEHIND ON THE TRANS… NEWS…
    if shia isnt going to be in it of his own free will… which should be taken from all american actors (in a nice way) then… maybe then my above comment stands…. skip a few decades.. get him to do a cameo… he would surely agree to… stick anyone but tom cruise in as the lead and your set… MAYBE just MAYBE Pierce Brosnan.. a sort of president saves the day… like the sec def in T1

  27. Well I don’t know if they should take LaBouf out though.I think the story line should be based upon the Insecticons and Unicron.And if LaBouf stays,well of course he would be older and maybe even get married to the girl in the 3rd or if someone else will take that roll again. Sam should be inrold in the NEST corp as well.I’ll tell you what I think the movie out line should be in next comments. :)

  28. Maybe they should put a some kind of human character (member of the NEST) who could kill transformers (decepticons) with his bare hands – like a ninja guy or somethin’ :)

    • I think thats going to be too unbelievable…. but then again… transforming autobot aliens…
      Ha… maybe in T4 they can introduce a flying pig decepticon xx

  29. I dunno about anyone else, but I`m all for a TF4! that would be so cool, just shove it up a few decades, maybe add in Lennox`s kid (Annabelle on FF) ect, femmes definetly, a few improvement here and there, (read as Jazz and Ironhide get brought back using the matrix, and Prowl turns up, Ultra Magnus to) and a few other things, and I`d be there! Bay, dont do it, please, you ruined Transformers enough already, Tf1 was good, RotF was bad *chough chough* and three was the second best. I like the wreckers though, and Brains, he was funny, I liked Dino to.
    all in all, yes, TF`s 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14 ect!

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