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UPDATE! Michael Bay will be back for Transformers 4 and could start filming late next year

12.08.2011

UPDATE: Straight from the horse's mouth, Michael Bay chimed in over at his official forums saying, "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."

December 7, 2011: So despite insinuating that he would be mulling over other filmmaking possibilities, explode-o-master Michael Bay has somewhat unsurprisingly decided to go back to his very lucrative robot well.

Vulture reports that the director of excess has entered final negotiations to direct TRANSFORMERS 4. Details on the film are being kept under wraps, but it is said to not be a prequel and that "it will delve deeper into Transformers canon to mine older characters and lore." A Vulture source adds, "Regular people might not care about bringing out a character like Sentinel Prime. But believe me, fans of the series cared." Bay is hoping to begin shooting the fourth film in the winter of 2012.

As plans for a new TRANSFORMERS begin to take shape, Bay continues assembling a cast for his next film PAIN AND GAIN. Just a couple of days ago, Dwayne Johnson was the latest to be linked to the dark bodybuilder comedy. God, I hope he gets that.
Source: Vulture

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7:04AM on 12/09/2011

"I'm leaving all my options on the table. I've got several Studio meetings in the next two weeks."

TRANSLATION: "I have to see if the money is right."
He's just obviously bullshitting. I'm not that stupid. Mike knows damn fuckin well he's gonna make this movie. Money talks. Bullshit walks...
TRANSLATION: "I have to see if the money is right."
He's just obviously bullshitting. I'm not that stupid. Mike knows damn fuckin well he's gonna make this movie. Money talks. Bullshit walks...
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3:14AM on 12/09/2011
I wanna see him direct Beverly Hills cop 4, or Bad Boys 3!!
I wanna see him direct Beverly Hills cop 4, or Bad Boys 3!!
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1:40AM on 12/09/2011
I think Michael Bay does a terrific job at delivering some amazing action scenes. But does anyone else feel that with the 2nd and 3rd one, he was going through the motions? I know there were massive explosions, but for me, there was never that spark of creativity. The man seems like he's tired of this franchise, and it shows in his work. Can't he just move on to something else now?
I think Michael Bay does a terrific job at delivering some amazing action scenes. But does anyone else feel that with the 2nd and 3rd one, he was going through the motions? I know there were massive explosions, but for me, there was never that spark of creativity. The man seems like he's tired of this franchise, and it shows in his work. Can't he just move on to something else now?
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8:28PM on 12/08/2011
What's really cute is when proponents try to defend garbage movies of this ilk with comments such as "it's pure entertainment" as if to suggest I watch psychological dramas to bore myself.
What's really cute is when proponents try to defend garbage movies of this ilk with comments such as "it's pure entertainment" as if to suggest I watch psychological dramas to bore myself.
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6:53PM on 12/08/2011
yeah, money conquer everything
yeah, money conquer everything
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10:31AM on 12/08/2011
Bad Boys 3!!!
Bad Boys 3!!!
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3:15AM on 12/09/2011
yep! I been sayin that for a while now!!
yep! I been sayin that for a while now!!
9:30AM on 12/08/2011
I'm fine with this as long as Sam Shitwicky is not in the next film.
Definitely would have enjoyed a Bad Boys 3 before this though. Or something like The Rock again. Oh well.
I'm fine with this as long as Sam Shitwicky is not in the next film.
Definitely would have enjoyed a Bad Boys 3 before this though. Or something like The Rock again. Oh well.
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3:56AM on 12/08/2011

Transformers in the same league as Twilight series

The opposite of Transformers would be something like Aliens, Robocop or District 9 - you know smart AND entertaining films
The opposite of Transformers would be something like Aliens, Robocop or District 9 - you know smart AND entertaining films
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12:38AM on 12/08/2011
I enjoyed the films no matter what people say, so it's fine with me. I think I would much rather have him direct Beverly Hills Cop 4, or Bad Boys 3.
I enjoyed the films no matter what people say, so it's fine with me. I think I would much rather have him direct Beverly Hills Cop 4, or Bad Boys 3.
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6:59PM on 12/07/2011
they should a beast wars movie instead, loved that show
they should a beast wars movie instead, loved that show
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5:50PM on 12/07/2011
When in the holy blue fuck are we going to get a Gundam or Neon Genesis Evangelion movie?
When in the holy blue fuck are we going to get a Gundam or Neon Genesis Evangelion movie?
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3:12PM on 12/07/2011

Please for the love of god...

get Unicron up in this film. It needs to happen. Bay is perfect for these films as well, #3 is the best by far.
get Unicron up in this film. It needs to happen. Bay is perfect for these films as well, #3 is the best by far.
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1:19PM on 12/07/2011

I feel like

1-4 is the new trilogy these days.
1-4 is the new trilogy these days.
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12:56PM on 12/07/2011

Twilight for Boys

Sorry guys, but you can't hate on Twilight if you like this BULLSHIT. Twilight is horrible, but these movies are awful too, and the human characters are SO annoying. Sure the CG is fantastic, but fuck my life if the story, comedy, and everything else is pure SHIT.
Sorry guys, but you can't hate on Twilight if you like this BULLSHIT. Twilight is horrible, but these movies are awful too, and the human characters are SO annoying. Sure the CG is fantastic, but fuck my life if the story, comedy, and everything else is pure SHIT.
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1:28PM on 12/07/2011
AMEN. I always laugh when people make fun of Twilight, and then defend Transformers. Both are quite awful, and just geared towards the most juvenile, nonsensical part of the brain of each gender.
AMEN. I always laugh when people make fun of Twilight, and then defend Transformers. Both are quite awful, and just geared towards the most juvenile, nonsensical part of the brain of each gender.
2:29PM on 12/07/2011
Ummm...no. The difference is that nothing happens in TWILIGHT.
Ummm...no. The difference is that nothing happens in TWILIGHT.
3:16PM on 12/07/2011
Twilight sucks hard. Transformers at least has action and is pure popcorn fun. Twilight I want to gouge my eyes out, and the actors in that are terrible, like if robert patterson wasn't in that shit film he would be awesome. He was amazing in remember me. At least cool stuff happens in transformers. I do you credit on the human characters though they are so fuckin annoying esp the chicks in the movie. If they do, do #4 I want to see more robots and less humans.
Twilight sucks hard. Transformers at least has action and is pure popcorn fun. Twilight I want to gouge my eyes out, and the actors in that are terrible, like if robert patterson wasn't in that shit film he would be awesome. He was amazing in remember me. At least cool stuff happens in transformers. I do you credit on the human characters though they are so fuckin annoying esp the chicks in the movie. If they do, do #4 I want to see more robots and less humans.
3:21PM on 12/07/2011
Gotta go with half-life on this. [link] plot and horrible dialog as an excuse for boys and man-boys to watch stuff blow up. Twilight=paper-thin plot and horrible dialog as an excuse to watch vampire-human love story.
Gotta go with half-life on this. [link] plot and horrible dialog as an excuse for boys and man-boys to watch stuff blow up. Twilight=paper-thin plot and horrible dialog as an excuse to watch vampire-human love story.
3:50PM on 12/07/2011
You are completely right. Twilight and Transformers are equally bad... just made for different groups of people.
You are completely right. Twilight and Transformers are equally bad... just made for different groups of people.
4:18PM on 12/07/2011
are you fucking kidding me, did you just compare transformers to twilight & call people out for liking them. Way to try to make yourself look cool
are you fucking kidding me, did you just compare transformers to twilight & call people out for liking them. Way to try to make yourself look cool
4:32PM on 12/07/2011
I totally agree with this...irs like twilight is diluted chick flick formula and tranformers is diluted action formula...its not really shit its just sooo basic unoriginal, not to mention predictable. its just pretty and thats all hollywood has to offer the world
I totally agree with this...irs like twilight is diluted chick flick formula and tranformers is diluted action formula...its not really shit its just sooo basic unoriginal, not to mention predictable. its just pretty and thats all hollywood has to offer the world
4:34PM on 12/07/2011
and sorry i cant take an opinion from someone who thinks pattison was amazing in remember me seriously...sorry just cant do it
and sorry i cant take an opinion from someone who thinks pattison was amazing in remember me seriously...sorry just cant do it
4:49PM on 12/07/2011
dude have a shot on me... I think I'm going to quote this
dude have a shot on me... I think I'm going to quote this
12:54PM on 12/07/2011

Whatever

I enjoyed the first. Despised the second. And I really enjoyed the third. Take the transformers flicks for what they are, summer popcorn flicks. I'll gladly take a 4th installment as long as its along the lines of the 3rd and away from the dreadful 2nd.
I enjoyed the first. Despised the second. And I really enjoyed the third. Take the transformers flicks for what they are, summer popcorn flicks. I'll gladly take a 4th installment as long as its along the lines of the 3rd and away from the dreadful 2nd.
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1:18PM on 12/07/2011
People using the sentence "I see them for what they are" are fucking annoying.

Do you know what they are ? They are piece of crap, so take them as such.
People using the sentence "I see them for what they are" are fucking annoying.

Do you know what they are ? They are piece of crap, so take them as such.
3:05PM on 12/07/2011
@Skellington One man's trash is another man's gold.
@Skellington One man's trash is another man's gold.
4:36PM on 12/07/2011
@skellington one...they arent even films...they are just adverts...long expensive adverts selling us shit
@skellington one...they arent even films...they are just adverts...long expensive adverts selling us shit
12:20PM on 12/07/2011

That's fine.

I kept my word, didn't see the 3rd one. Won't bother me one damn bit.
I kept my word, didn't see the 3rd one. Won't bother me one damn bit.
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11:41AM on 12/07/2011
When the money pit is that deep visions of robot plums will be haunting your dreams and resistance is futile.

Can't say i wouldn't be tempted, hell, if i made any movie at all and it made a 5 dollar profit i would be looking to extend the streak for another 30 films.

Saying that, i realize the Transformer series is not something that re defines cinema on a narrative level but they are immensely entertaining, yes even part 2, a drudgery that had my eyes wanting to bring me up on abuse
When the money pit is that deep visions of robot plums will be haunting your dreams and resistance is futile.

Can't say i wouldn't be tempted, hell, if i made any movie at all and it made a 5 dollar profit i would be looking to extend the streak for another 30 films.

Saying that, i realize the Transformer series is not something that re defines cinema on a narrative level but they are immensely entertaining, yes even part 2, a drudgery that had my eyes wanting to bring me up on abuse charges, but i still enjoyed it.

These films are at their very essence a spectacle to behold and they don't pretend to be anything but, so bring back some more giant Robots and hot chicks and let's have some more big budget fun
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11:19AM on 12/07/2011
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the reason that they'll keep making these movies....$1,123,196,189 for TF3 alone!
And that doesn't include the merchandise and DVD/Blu-Ray sales.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the reason that they'll keep making these movies....$1,123,196,189 for TF3 alone!
And that doesn't include the merchandise and DVD/Blu-Ray sales.
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3:00PM on 12/07/2011
But is it worth the end of our civilization and intelligent human life as we know it???
But is it worth the end of our civilization and intelligent human life as we know it???
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10:44AM on 12/07/2011

Another TF movie?! Cue the zombie apocalypse.

It's official.
The world is seriously about to end.
It's official.
The world is seriously about to end.
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3:51PM on 12/07/2011
How exactly does another Transformers movie equal zombies?
How exactly does another Transformers movie equal zombies?
9:52AM on 12/07/2011
Have enjoyed every Transformers movie I have seen. Not the greatest films in the world, but very enjoyable.

I am glad to have Bay back at the helm directing. Just bring in some new characters.
Have enjoyed every Transformers movie I have seen. Not the greatest films in the world, but very enjoyable.

I am glad to have Bay back at the helm directing. Just bring in some new characters.
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12:58PM on 12/07/2011
Wow, enjoy Transformers and Twilight, damn man you ROCK!
Wow, enjoy Transformers and Twilight, damn man you ROCK!
4:30PM on 12/07/2011
i agree get rid of Sam & focus more about the robots themselves. I don't get the hate on these films. But people will do anything to try to look cool.
i agree get rid of Sam & focus more about the robots themselves. I don't get the hate on these films. But people will do anything to try to look cool.
4:00AM on 12/08/2011
I thoroughly enjoyed Part 3. It was a great way to forget about reality for a few hours. I wish I could see it again on IMAX.
I thoroughly enjoyed Part 3. It was a great way to forget about reality for a few hours. I wish I could see it again on IMAX.
10:36AM on 12/08/2011
Always fun to see Soloist and halflife get at each others throats.
Always fun to see Soloist and halflife get at each others throats.
9:31AM on 12/07/2011
Better this than having him defile something I care about.
Better this than having him defile something I care about.
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4:38PM on 12/07/2011
lol dont hold your breath...akira director isnt solid yet
lol dont hold your breath...akira director isnt solid yet
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9:11AM on 12/07/2011

Oh, no....

I found Optimus and the autobots unexpressive and emotionless in the last two films, when they were supposed to be the "likeable heroes" we should care about.
Make them more of a character or else I won't be interested in another round.
I found Optimus and the autobots unexpressive and emotionless in the last two films, when they were supposed to be the "likeable heroes" we should care about.
Make them more of a character or else I won't be interested in another round.
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7:26AM on 12/07/2011
crossover with the G.I. Joe 2 movie. c'mon bay, you know you want to...
crossover with the G.I. Joe 2 movie. c'mon bay, you know you want to...
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6:34AM on 12/07/2011
Damn, looks like we will never know what a truly inspired and talented director (J.J. Abrams or Neill Blomkamp) could do with this franchise. Its ok, bring on another pointless, 3 hour long masturbation-fantasy to the big screen. I just hope hes not killing any people on set this time!
Damn, looks like we will never know what a truly inspired and talented director (J.J. Abrams or Neill Blomkamp) could do with this franchise. Its ok, bring on another pointless, 3 hour long masturbation-fantasy to the big screen. I just hope hes not killing any people on set this time!
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4:27PM on 12/07/2011
dat last part of your post wes completely inappropriate, but she did not die ya fucking asshole & it was not Bay's fault & he even put in footage from The Island in its place & offered to pay for her hospital bill. I hate people like you on this site who try to be cool.
dat last part of your post wes completely inappropriate, but she did not die ya fucking asshole & it was not Bay's fault & he even put in footage from The Island in its place & offered to pay for her hospital bill. I hate people like you on this site who try to be cool.
2:32AM on 12/08/2011
@Philavla77: What are you? 12? You better learn some manners and grammer before calling people out, moron!
@Philavla77: What are you? 12? You better learn some manners and grammer before calling people out, moron!
6:03AM on 12/08/2011
With comments like philalva77's - nobody needs to do anything to try and look cool. He's doing all the work for us.
With comments like philalva77's - nobody needs to do anything to try and look cool. He's doing all the work for us.
11:09PM on 12/08/2011
@justjoe: you may also want to learn some "grammer" before trying to correct people's grammar (the correct spelling). ouch...
@justjoe: you may also want to learn some "grammer" before trying to correct people's grammar (the correct spelling). ouch...
6:33AM on 12/07/2011
Y'know - I bet as we speak he's going through reels of his old movies, looking for cool scenes he can recycle for TF4...
Y'know - I bet as we speak he's going through reels of his old movies, looking for cool scenes he can recycle for TF4...
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11:46AM on 12/07/2011
I wouldn't be suprised coz I heard one of the scenes in TF3 (the highway with the decepticon SUVs)was taken from The Island
I wouldn't be suprised coz I heard one of the scenes in TF3 (the highway with the decepticon SUVs)was taken from The Island
1:31PM on 12/07/2011
You're right. Type in 'Bay recycles' into youtube.

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You're right. Type in 'Bay recycles' into youtube.

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5:13AM on 12/07/2011
give me unicron and i'll listen Mr Bay
give me unicron and i'll listen Mr Bay
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5:03AM on 12/07/2011
I knew Bay will be back. Dear Mr. Bay, please cut out all annoying human characters but please keep Agent Seymour Simmons. He's the only character I can tolerate. And please bring in Omega Supreme!!
I knew Bay will be back. Dear Mr. Bay, please cut out all annoying human characters but please keep Agent Seymour Simmons. He's the only character I can tolerate. And please bring in Omega Supreme!!
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4:52AM on 12/07/2011

HOORAY!!

If you don't like Transformers, go watch Twilight you Lame-O.
If you don't like Transformers, go watch Twilight you Lame-O.
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6:29AM on 12/07/2011
So I can choose between shit for girls and shit for boys? If these are my options, I´m screwed!
So I can choose between shit for girls and shit for boys? If these are my options, I´m screwed!
3:23PM on 12/07/2011
They're basically the same thing.
They're basically the same thing.
4:47AM on 12/07/2011
For some reason, even though I thought the last TF flick was shitty as f**k, I'm glad Bay is back. There's just something mesmerizing about seeing Bay's style of madness explode off the screen. And I don't really care if The Rock gets the bodybuilder role. Put him in TF4! Make an already high-octane action movie get even better with Dwayne Johnson in it!
For some reason, even though I thought the last TF flick was shitty as f**k, I'm glad Bay is back. There's just something mesmerizing about seeing Bay's style of madness explode off the screen. And I don't really care if The Rock gets the bodybuilder role. Put him in TF4! Make an already high-octane action movie get even better with Dwayne Johnson in it!
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