Michael Bay WILL direct Transformers 4 (UPDATED)
Before Transformers: Dark of the Moon was released, Michael Bay said that it would be his last time directing a film in the series. However, that all changed when the film was making it big at the box-office. We’ve heard on and off rumors that Bay would be attached to Transformers 4, but we didn’t know if he would direct or not.
Well, it was announced earlier today the fourth installment was tentatively slated for a Summer 2014 release date (here), but we still had no idea how much Bay would be involved. But Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura made a follow-up interview with MTV, and mentioned that Michael Bay will be directing the film. It would make sense as to why they would release the film soo late (well, compared to how they were dishing the films out before) as Bay will be making Pain and Gain with Dwayne Johnson and Mark Whalberg this year. Transformers 4 is still in the early stages, and Bay and the crew still thinking of ideas on where to go with the film.
Dark of the Moon showed that Bay was able to make up for the mistakes made in Revenge of the Fallen, at least in my opinion. And Bonaventura mentioned they want to get the story right first. “[But] what that’s going to be, we don’t even know yet…. We’ve got to get a story first,” he said. He also mentions that none of the cast members from the original trilogy are signed on, but he doesn’t know if any of those characters will even return. “Whether there’s anybody from the first cast, we don’t even know yet. But it’s going to be a whole new story,” he said. But don’t worry, our two favorite Autobots will still be there. “But the characters that would certainly come along would be Optimus and Bumblebee, I’m sure,” he continued.
In his previous interview, Bonaventura said this film would be more of a semi-reboot, and this would be the perfect opperturnity to perhaps set the film several years after Dark of the Moon to pick up with Sam Witwicky (Shia Lebeouf) and Carly’s (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) child Daniel. Lebeouf has already said that he’s done with the franchise, and the previous film was a nice closure for his story.
Update: Michael Bay has confirmed the news on his website (via SHH) and has even given a more specific release date on June 29th, 2014. However, that’s most likely to change as the 29th looks to fall on a Sunday that year, and movies are generally released on a Wednesday or Friday.