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Transformers 4 & 5 Shooting Back to Back, Maybe with Jason Statham

Hot on the heels of confirmation that Hasbro has been talking with Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg about a fourth film in the Transformers series, Variety now reports Paramount Pictures has plans to shoot the fourth and fifth installments back to back to save costs and give toymakers enough time to prepare products.

Shia LaBeouf won’t be returning to the franchise, and word is that Hasbro and Paramount would like Crank and Killer Elite star Jason Statham to replace him, although no official offers have been made. On the subject of returning talent, Bay hasn’t officially opted out of directing the next two movies.

They’re potentially set to begin shooting in 2012 or 2013, although nothing has been set in stone (or at least announced publicly). There’s also talk that Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon screenwriter Ehren Kruger has an idea that Paramount executives are excited about.

With so much up in the air, it’s fair to assume any of these elements may change, but the idea of a full-fledged action star taking over the spotlight surrounded by giant robots does have an interesting sound to it.


  • AdamStabelli

    More BayFormers? Meh.

  • MegaGearMax

    Hasbro likes making money.

    Michael Bay likes having #1 movies.

    As much as I would like to see a fresh take on the Transformers, this is a no brainer.

  • Frater Uranus

    I liked Shia’s role in these movies, I liked he wasn’t an action star. It made the action more human.

  • Nick

    IDK if this is a good idea, I liked darkside of the moon, it felt like an ending of the series.

  • Richard Nelson

    It’s nice that the writer of Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon has an idea, it’s just a shame he didn’t have one while writing those movies.

  • HrrcnIslndhrt

    In the words of Dr. Smoov’s Optimus Prime: “F**k me. Here we go again.” XP

  • Camarocoupe

    me likes

  • Shawn Richison

    The last three were terrible – how would adding Jason “plank” Statham help?