When Transformers: Dark of the Moon grabbed an amazing $1.123 billion dollars in worldwide revenue last summer, it seemed pretty clear that we would be a sequel greenlit out of Paramount Pictures. Sure enough, Hasbro executives confirmed as much to investors late last year on a conference call, indicating that all parties involved were moving forward in development of more Transformers films. The only question was whether Michael Bay would return and that all came down to timing. Bay has been clear in past quotes that he wanted a break from the franchise and wanted to do Pain and Gain before he even thought of going back into the robotic franchise. It seems those wishes have come true. Bay will be doing both.
A day after producer producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura told the media that Paramount has set aside a June 29, 2014 release date for a fourth Transformers adventure, Bay has confirmed that he's on board the project after he wraps up Pain and Gain. Here's what he had to say at his official website.
There has been a lot of speculation about what I'm going to do next and when or if I will do another Transformers. So let me set the record straight.
I have just concluded a deal with Paramount to do two movies, but it won't be two Transformers.
I will first do 'Pain & Gain' with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.
Then I will do the next Transformers for release on June 29, 2014.
The quote comes right after producer Bonaventura told the media that the next installment would have a few characters from the previous installment would take a different approach to the overall story without having to be called a reboot.
"Michael had a debate because he sort of felt at first that he'd done three. Michael and I are both the same in that we always like to top ourselves. That doesn't necessarily mean bigger. It can be bigger in places, it just means different, but we're going to push really hard as fresh and new as we can be. Again, we're going to try to do a hybrid there where there will be some characters that come forward--we think, we're still in the process of figuring it out--and some characters that don't, but it will definitely be a different story."