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Michael Bay in talks to direct Transformers 4

Transformers 4 is coming, but will Michael Bay direct?

By Anthony Garreffa on Dec 7, 2011 07:23 pm CST - 2 mins, 1 sec reading time

Michael Bay did say he was done with Transformers after Dark of the Moon, the third outing in franchise. Shia LeBeouf has said the same thing multiple times, but the old saying goes "money talks," and I'm sure a lot of the green has been waved under Bay's nose.

Michael Bay in talks to direct Transformers 4 |

Bay's next movie is a "low budget" flick called "Pain and Gain," after which would leave him open to direct a fourth Transformers movie in late 2012. Bay has had a long-held desire to make Pain and Gain and is reportedly one of the major road blocks in a fourth Transformer movie being made. If a deal is finalized, Pain and Gain will begin filming early next year to keep Bay happy, and then get him back behind the camera for Transformers 4 directly after Pain and Gain.

Bay has made a comment or two regarding another Transformers movie, he was quoted at the grand opening of Transformers: The Ride:

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.

Vulture had the jump on this news, and they give some thoughts on what they think Transformers 4 will be about:

...the details of the next cyborg saga are being kept secret, but we're told that it is definitely not a prequel, and that it will delve deeper into Transformers canon to mine older characters and lore.

But, we all know that story isn't the most precious gem of the Transformers movies, so storylines do not really bother me. Michael Bay has also given a quote about the news on his website, where he says:

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.

I'm guessing by "I'm leaving all my options on the table," means "I want to see how much Paramount and Dreamworks will give me on the back-end profits of T4". If I were Bay, I'd be asking for 25- to 35-percent of profits on the long term. Up-front fee of something like $30 million, and maybe 20-percent of the profits from the film. That would be nice.

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.


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