Director Michael Bay has spoken out, addressing a number of rumors that he is currently in final negotiations to helm the fourth installment of the Transformers series.
“Right now I’m not decided on Transformers 4…,” Bay wrote early Wednesday morning on his website’s forums. “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.”
Well that about clears it up… or not.
All we can tell from that message is that Pain and Gain, an adaptation of a three-part New Times story about a gang of Miami bodybuilders who were hunted down by a private eye after kidnapping, torturing and robbing a Florida man, is Michael Bay’s next movie.
As to the “Right now…” in the message title, it just means there is no deal as of right now. It doesn’t mean there won’t be one.
MTV News reports that while Bay’s decision to direct is still up in the air, so is a replacement for the film’s lead, Shia LaBeouf.
While there were initial reports floating around that Jason Statham (Crank) would be placed in the lead role for possible fourth and fifth installments, the actor has since rejected those rumors.
If Bay does, in fact, sign on to the fourth Transformers film in an official capacity, they would likely start filming after Pain and Gain wraps in winter 2012.
via NY Post