Let’s face it. No matter what the critical and fan response may have been, when a movie like Transformers: Dark Of The Moon makes the bags of money that it made, everyone involved is going to want a sequel. And the folks at Transformer toy manufacturer Hasbro have been clear that they want more films, and there have even been rumors circulating that Hasbro and studio Paramount Pictures are possibly contemplating making a fourth and fifth film back-to-back.
However, the question remains whether franchise director Michael Bay will be back for another turn or two.
Earlier this morning, Vulture broke a story citing “insider” sources that Bay was “in final negotiations to direct a new Transformers film.” Not really a surprising story, if true. There has already been some chatter that Hasbro and Paramount want the director back and that even talks between all parties may have already begun. Allegedly, Bay would first film his long held passion project Pain And Gain early next year before returning to the franchise and that a deal finalizing that return could be in place as early as next week.
But if this true, Bay himself isn’t confirming. On his website, the director stated that while Pain And Gain is definitely set for a spring shoot, he has nothing planned beyond that.
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.
So was Vulture‘s “insider” source leaking a story under orders from the studio in order to perhaps goad Bay a bit? It’s possible. Studios and talent agents have been known to float rumors to in the press all the time in order to gain some sort of advantage. In fact, I think that if we’re seeing this kind of rumor being floated out there, it is a tacit admission that negotiations are indeed happening. And I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more of these types of stories right up until an official announcement that the film is officially going forward.