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Paramount, Michael Bay Reteam For ‘New Take’ on Transformers

Confirming reports emerging out of Toy Fair, Paramount Pictures and director Michael Bay have announced they’re reteaming for a fourth installment of the blockbuster Transformers franchise, set to open June 29, 2014.

“Steven Spielberg and I are working on a whole new reimagining of Transformers, the fourth installment,” Bay wrote on his website. “We have been working on the idea for a few months. I’m excited about where it’s headed.”

That of course is a complete turnaround from earlier indications that 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon would be Bay’s final movie in the Hasbro toy-based series. Ah, what a difference a $1.24 billion global box office makes.

Transformers 4 — Paramount describes it only as “a new take on the Transformers franchise” — is part of Bay’s new two-picture deal with the studio that begins with Pain and Gain, his long-discussed $20 million movie based on a 1999 Miami New Times article about bodybuilders who kidnap a businessman only to be hunted down by an investigator the victim hires. Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson star in the film, set to begin production in early spring.

“I’m extremely excited to simplify my film career this spring with a great character piece,” Bay said.


  • Tyler

    Why are they still putting Bay at the Helm for Transformers.  I think he has proved 3 times now that he know 0 about the franchise other than they are cars that turn into robots….  Please, someone in Hollywood listen to the people paying to watch these movies.  GET A NEW DIRECTOR.

  • Mr. M

    I think you missed this sentence:

    “Ah, what a difference a $1.24 billion global box office makes.”


  • Mak

    LOL @Mr. M. Michael bey doesn’t need to know anything about the franchise… All he has to do is put money in Steven Speilberg pocket and go about his busine@a8f2c44e613e2fbc25b7c33687b98beb:disqus Transformers as a whole is a lucrative franchise.
    My only problem is that if they’re bring back Bey why re-boot the franchise? Why not continue on?

  • JC

    How to can it be a NEW take on Transformers – if Michael Bay is STILL the director???

  • Jake W

    I like that they announced this at Toy Fair. At least they’re being honest about what they’re really selling.

  • Optimus B

    They’ve never tried to cover that up.

  • Lastnamecumbie

    the first 3 transformers are good and got me interested unlike the boring ass cartoons from the original to the one they made today and megan fox was not bad but what do people really know hell people think the twilight movies are good even though kristein stewart is one of the worst actress ever.

  • Keil

    Most of the people complaining will probably still go see the movie – thereby encouraging these inept crap movies

  • Michael Clifford

    You could ask DC the same thing with the DCnU!

  • Keil

    Yeah, you’re trolling

  • LightningBug

    Maybe a new take means that Shaia LaBarf won’t be in it…

  • Tomfitz1

    Maybe they can dump Shia LeBeouf and concentrate on an all-girls cast. 

  • Thompson500

    The first TF was excellent. That’s about it.

  • Mr_Wayne

    That was the nerdiest of fanboy comments I’ve ever seen. We’re discussing films. A better comment would be “You could ask MARVEL with ‘Incredible Hulk’, ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ etc.”

  • Jacob

    How is that a better comment? Marvel had to reboot the Hulk franchise because they didn’t have the rights to any of the creative content in the 2003 movie. Regardless of their long-term plans, the reboot was necessary. And Marvel isn’t involved at all with the Spider-Man reboot.

  • Jacob

    So is he rebooting his own franchise or just relaunching it? I’d prefer the latter. The mythology is already established, now Bay can just go full-on Cybertron robot action mode. No more need for the humans.

  • MegaX50

    I’m just gonna put it out there… The only thing that’s going to get me interested in this… is Unicron and Bruticus.. I’m just saying.

  • Pierce

     He made a lot of profit and the studio said they’d fund his smaller film he was doing if he came back for 4. And 1 was pretty good but yeah the sequels were kinda out there.