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UPDATE: Transformers 4 and 5 to shoot back to back, Jason Statham sought for lead

10.19.2011

UPDATE: On Michael Bay's official forums he denies he has had any talks with Paramount about TRANSFORMERS 4 and 5. "I am currently not talking to Paramount on T4 and T5 despite reports. I'm looking at a lot of possibilities coming my way...". Baywill likely instead focus on low budget crime thriller PAIN AND GAIN as his next film.

Yesterday I reported that Hasbro was talking to Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg to get them onboard for another go at TRANSFORMERS. However, this doesn’t mean the movies won’t happen without them.

Now the talk is that whoever is involved will probably end up shooting TRANSFORMERS 4 and 5 together as a cost cutting measure, as there will be less of a rush to get the visual effects done and less finagling with the actors’ contracts between films.

The report also says that Shia LaBeouf is in fact not on board, echoing his earlier expressed desire to make the third film his last. Those involved with the film are looking at Jason Statham to star, who, if I had to guess, would be playing some sort of central soldier role. Unknown is which random hot girl will be assuredly cast alongside him.

Is there really a contingent clamoring for more of these movies? Just because audiences show up to make something profitable doesn’t mean the series should continue forever. Though that applies to every damn movie series these days and is a laughable notion in Hollywood.

Extra Tidbit: I'll say this for Michael Bay, he has a filming style that makes his actresses look like the singular most beautiful creatures on earth in each film.
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10:20AM on 10/20/2011
I am done with these movies.
I am done with these movies.
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7:52AM on 10/20/2011

Michael Bay and Low Budget in the same sentence??

If Bay can't tell a proper story with a big budget flick what more with a low one? As for Jason Statham i'm with him all the way regardless of who directs these sequels.
If Bay can't tell a proper story with a big budget flick what more with a low one? As for Jason Statham i'm with him all the way regardless of who directs these sequels.
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5:14AM on 10/20/2011
Jason Statham? Are you kidding me? Yeah, right.. would be pretty awful, but okay.

Not that I liked the Transformers movies (I'm the biggest Bay fan, but...)... but yeah. Bring Fox back.
Jason Statham? Are you kidding me? Yeah, right.. would be pretty awful, but okay.

Not that I liked the Transformers movies (I'm the biggest Bay fan, but...)... but yeah. Bring Fox back.
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7:02PM on 10/19/2011
I doubt if Bay will be back to Transformers series. If not Bay, I think Tony Scott is the right man for the job.
I doubt if Bay will be back to Transformers series. If not Bay, I think Tony Scott is the right man for the job.
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4:44PM on 10/19/2011

Transporting Career

People, this is just Rosie trying to get her man, Jason, steady work with Mr. Bay. That's it. She wants that Hope diamond and she;s seen "The Transporter" knowing that ain't gonna get it.
People, this is just Rosie trying to get her man, Jason, steady work with Mr. Bay. That's it. She wants that Hope diamond and she;s seen "The Transporter" knowing that ain't gonna get it.
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4:09PM on 10/19/2011
Statham and Transformers? surely they wont put 2 of the coolest things ever together?? I UP FOR THAT!!!
Statham and Transformers? surely they wont put 2 of the coolest things ever together?? I UP FOR THAT!!!
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3:31PM on 10/19/2011

I have the solution

I know a believable way to let statham kick megatrons ass, he will become the head of a headmaster, you know its perfect.
I know a believable way to let statham kick megatrons ass, he will become the head of a headmaster, you know its perfect.
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1:08PM on 10/19/2011

can we please get this fucking idiot away from this franchise?! PLEASE!!!!

this dude is the very definition of a hack. and for god's sake, get some new writers while we're at it.
this dude is the very definition of a hack. and for god's sake, get some new writers while we're at it.
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4:42PM on 10/19/2011
It's a movie based on a series of plastic toys...it ain't gonna get much more pretentious without a few more sanctimonious voice-overs that I live my life by.
It's a movie based on a series of plastic toys...it ain't gonna get much more pretentious without a few more sanctimonious voice-overs that I live my life by.
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12:56PM on 10/19/2011
Uh, what's low budget to Michael Bay, 90-100 million??
Uh, what's low budget to Michael Bay, 90-100 million??
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2:46PM on 10/19/2011
was thinking the same thing
was thinking the same thing
12:17PM on 10/19/2011

Regarding the update

Bay doing low-budget? Please, make it so!
Bay doing low-budget? Please, make it so!
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8:29AM on 10/19/2011

Please....

He's an over rated douche.
He's an over rated douche.
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7:36AM on 10/19/2011
This is the perfect opportunity for a Transporter / Transformers crossover. On his latest job, the Transporter realizes that his new car is actually a transforming robot on a deadly mission of its own and... script writes itself.
Coming in 2013: 'The Transpformers 4'.
This is the perfect opportunity for a Transporter / Transformers crossover. On his latest job, the Transporter realizes that his new car is actually a transforming robot on a deadly mission of its own and... script writes itself.
Coming in 2013: 'The Transpformers 4'.
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5:36AM on 10/19/2011

tidbit

that's bc michael bay started out as a 35mm photographer for clients like victoria's secret.
that's bc michael bay started out as a 35mm photographer for clients like victoria's secret.
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11:46PM on 10/18/2011
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11:04PM on 10/18/2011
Statham kicking transformer`s butts and ending this crapy saga. That will be a great movie. And apparently the girl from TFM3 is Jason's girlfriend, so she could be back.
Statham kicking transformer`s butts and ending this crapy saga. That will be a great movie. And apparently the girl from TFM3 is Jason's girlfriend, so she could be back.
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11:02PM on 10/18/2011
To be honest I'm down for some more sequels. I enjoyed the franchise for the most part. Sure-NOT PERFECT, but fun to watch. With a different cast and director, it might turn for the better...

If these are supposed to reboot...hell no.
To be honest I'm down for some more sequels. I enjoyed the franchise for the most part. Sure-NOT PERFECT, but fun to watch. With a different cast and director, it might turn for the better...

If these are supposed to reboot...hell no.
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10:02PM on 10/18/2011
Is he gonna drink a bunch of red bulls and power-roundhouse kick Megatron into a pile of shit? C'mon.
Is he gonna drink a bunch of red bulls and power-roundhouse kick Megatron into a pile of shit? C'mon.
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9:26PM on 10/18/2011
The only reason I was somewhat interested in another Transformers movie was because I thought maybe they could have the transformers as the leads, not as side characters to another human. I understand why people don't like the Bay movies (I did, just not the 2nd one), but the general public will have a certain expectation with the sequels, and I can see a new approach/director not going over well.
The only reason I was somewhat interested in another Transformers movie was because I thought maybe they could have the transformers as the leads, not as side characters to another human. I understand why people don't like the Bay movies (I did, just not the 2nd one), but the general public will have a certain expectation with the sequels, and I can see a new approach/director not going over well.
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9:05PM on 10/18/2011

only if...

Statham gets into a one on one fight with a Decepticon and beats his ass, which will not happen, so keep these two far apart.

I love Statham and Transformers, but these are two things that do not belong together.
Statham gets into a one on one fight with a Decepticon and beats his ass, which will not happen, so keep these two far apart.

I love Statham and Transformers, but these are two things that do not belong together.
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9:03PM on 10/18/2011

Bad Bad Bad

Where do I even begin?
Where do I even begin?
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8:33PM on 10/18/2011
"Just because audiences show up to make something profitable doesn’t mean the series should continue forever."

Case in point: the Saw franchise.
"Just because audiences show up to make something profitable doesn’t mean the series should continue forever."

Case in point: the Saw franchise.
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8:31PM on 10/18/2011
So I guess this one will be called "The Transportformer".
So I guess this one will be called "The Transportformer".
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8:03PM on 10/18/2011

In other news:

My Fair Lady 2 and 3 to shoot back to back. Jason Statham sought for lead.
My Fair Lady 2 and 3 to shoot back to back. Jason Statham sought for lead.
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6:49PM on 10/18/2011
Finally they are getting rid of shit oops I mean shia and getting someone better. You know I have started wonder what some movies would be like without shit oops I mean shia in them. Almost makes me wonder if indiana jones would have been better without him in it.
Finally they are getting rid of shit oops I mean shia and getting someone better. You know I have started wonder what some movies would be like without shit oops I mean shia in them. Almost makes me wonder if indiana jones would have been better without him in it.
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6:47PM on 10/18/2011
Is this for real? I call bullshit since they had an almost exact article on this about the next Fast & Furious sequels. How gullible are you people? SMH
Is this for real? I call bullshit since they had an almost exact article on this about the next Fast & Furious sequels. How gullible are you people? SMH
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6:37PM on 10/18/2011
Jason Statham sucks. I have liked one of his movies. I don't understand why people like him.
Jason Statham sucks. I have liked one of his movies. I don't understand why people like him.
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6:28PM on 10/18/2011
Hype to the Transformers 4 and 5, but not to Statham. If they want to go to the action lead route, they should just make Tyrese and Duhamel the lead.
Hype to the Transformers 4 and 5, but not to Statham. If they want to go to the action lead route, they should just make Tyrese and Duhamel the lead.
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5:38AM on 10/19/2011
ur right...they already have two characters pre=set in there to take the reigns.
ur right...they already have two characters pre=set in there to take the reigns.
6:20PM on 10/18/2011
I thought this was the April Fool's prank article but it's October.
I thought this was the April Fool's prank article but it's October.
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5:27PM on 10/18/2011
Two more of these films will probably make another billion dollars. Keeps profits going for the studio, and keeps people employed. That's a good thing. And going from Labeouf to Stathom, is a pretty cool upgrade. And Stathom is one lucky S.O.B. Fast Furious 6&7, plus Transformers 4&5? This guy is about to get seriously paid. But I hope Bay does Bad Boys 3 next.
Two more of these films will probably make another billion dollars. Keeps profits going for the studio, and keeps people employed. That's a good thing. And going from Labeouf to Stathom, is a pretty cool upgrade. And Stathom is one lucky S.O.B. Fast Furious 6&7, plus Transformers 4&5? This guy is about to get seriously paid. But I hope Bay does Bad Boys 3 next.
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4:56PM on 10/18/2011

Transformers 4 Is Not Necessary But......

If they do end up making one I will definitely be seeing it. I really enjoy these films and Jason Statham is a BAD-ASS MOTHERFUCKER.
If they do end up making one I will definitely be seeing it. I really enjoy these films and Jason Statham is a BAD-ASS MOTHERFUCKER.
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4:25PM on 10/18/2011
Transformers has now [link] the shark. Although I'm a Statham fan, another movie is just not needed.
Transformers has now [link] the shark. Although I'm a Statham fan, another movie is just not needed.
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4:21PM on 10/18/2011

LMFAO

This dude is popping up in the most randomest movies. Fast 6 and 7 now this. I love this dude so I wouldn't mind it. I just find it weird.
This dude is popping up in the most randomest movies. Fast 6 and 7 now this. I love this dude so I wouldn't mind it. I just find it weird.
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4:04PM on 10/18/2011
It's funny because Statham has been dating Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for a few years.
It's funny because Statham has been dating Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for a few years.
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4:00PM on 10/18/2011

NOOO!!

Statham will be WRONG!! I have to agree with Scorch 39, give the existing characters bigger roles being we have all invested years with them. Duhamel will be the best to start a new road with.
Statham will be WRONG!! I have to agree with Scorch 39, give the existing characters bigger roles being we have all invested years with them. Duhamel will be the best to start a new road with.
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3:47PM on 10/18/2011
Let's see, you're bringing in an action star with a martial arts background known for hand to hand fighting scenes to star in a movie where he won't fight anything hand to hand.

Makes sense.
Let's see, you're bringing in an action star with a martial arts background known for hand to hand fighting scenes to star in a movie where he won't fight anything hand to hand.

Makes sense.
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5:03PM on 10/18/2011
It's highly unlikely they'll take this route, but there are parts of the Transformers stories where humans have control over Transformer bodies. Statham could control one, and they could mo-cap his movements.
It's highly unlikely they'll take this route, but there are parts of the Transformers stories where humans have control over Transformer bodies. Statham could control one, and they could mo-cap his movements.
3:34PM on 10/18/2011
Didn't we just have this article, but it was titled 'Fast & Furious 6 & 7 to shoot back to back, jason statham sought for role?'
Didn't we just have this article, but it was titled 'Fast & Furious 6 & 7 to shoot back to back, jason statham sought for role?'
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3:25PM on 10/18/2011
rather than bring in Jason Stathom as the leads, why don't they just give Tyrese, and josh Duhamel bigger parts. Atleast we would already know the characters. That way they could not even tell what happened to shia's character and just show it as a military operation with the transformers.
rather than bring in Jason Stathom as the leads, why don't they just give Tyrese, and josh Duhamel bigger parts. Atleast we would already know the characters. That way they could not even tell what happened to shia's character and just show it as a military operation with the transformers.
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3:11PM on 10/18/2011
One of the more disappointing parts of all this is that Bay will spend a few more years wasting time with robots. Time to move on.
One of the more disappointing parts of all this is that Bay will spend a few more years wasting time with robots. Time to move on.
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3:04PM on 10/18/2011

I can see it now...

Optimus: "I know this is a hardship you should never have had to face on your own John but the fate of Earth rests on your shoulders. You must fulfill your destiny."
Statham: *gives Optimus the finger as he drives off in a Transformer disguised as a BMW while Rosie is blowing him from the passenger seat*
Optimus: "I know this is a hardship you should never have had to face on your own John but the fate of Earth rests on your shoulders. You must fulfill your destiny."
Statham: *gives Optimus the finger as he drives off in a Transformer disguised as a BMW while Rosie is blowing him from the passenger seat*
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3:03PM on 10/18/2011
In a way I feel like Statham taking on the Transformers could be the most anticlimactic thing he could do at this point. He's stretching himself thin as it is, but they could honestly get Hal Holbrook to be the hero and come up with a better story arc for doing so.
In a way I feel like Statham taking on the Transformers could be the most anticlimactic thing he could do at this point. He's stretching himself thin as it is, but they could honestly get Hal Holbrook to be the hero and come up with a better story arc for doing so.
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3:02PM on 10/18/2011
If this happens I hope it doesn't keep Statham way from potentially being in the next Fast and Furious movies. A franchise in which he is better suited for.
If this happens I hope it doesn't keep Statham way from potentially being in the next Fast and Furious movies. A franchise in which he is better suited for.
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2:51PM on 10/18/2011

change the title of the article

the report from Variety clearly states he is being 'considered' and it's at a very early point so he's not being 'sought after'.

As for the films, bring it. But I hope Bay just serves as Prodcuer and then brings in a new face to direct.
the report from Variety clearly states he is being 'considered' and it's at a very early point so he's not being 'sought after'.

As for the films, bring it. But I hope Bay just serves as Prodcuer and then brings in a new face to direct.
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2:45PM on 10/18/2011

Well the thing about stretching a franchise

Is that if they DO put Statham in, and get someone other than Bay to direct....well it may be the first Transformers movie I watch since the bitter disappointment of the first one.
Is that if they DO put Statham in, and get someone other than Bay to direct....well it may be the first Transformers movie I watch since the bitter disappointment of the first one.
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