Transformers 4 AND 5 planned? (UPDATED)
We just heard earlier today that Hasbro has been meeting with Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg about returning to the Transformers franchise (here). However, sources are now telling Showblitz that not only is a fourth installment planned, but a fifth film will be shoot back-to-back with it. If that’s true, then there must be something big planned for the franchise. No word on what it could be, but their sources are saying that Ehren Kruger has an idea the studio fancies.
However, that still leaves the issue of who would be directing the film, but their sources say that Michael Bay is interested in directing once more. That wouldn’t be too surprising as the film was a bigger hit than even he thought it would be. But the part that makes this fishy is there source mentions that Jason Statham will be replacing Shia Lebeouf as the lead actor (not replacing him as Sam Witwicky). While that wouldn’t be impossible as Bay is known to have great actors in his films, it just seems like to much of coincidence that he’s dating Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Not to mention that Bay already shot this rumor down a few months back anyway. So, for now this should be taken as a rumor.
Update: MTV questioned Statham about the rumors of his involvment, and denied them. “You know, I don’t know how those things start. You read them. Someone told me about it. [But] the internet is a dangerous place. There’s a lot of stuff out there,” he said. Then, Showblitz’s source never said he was offered/approached for the lead role, just that the studio wanted him. So there’s still a chance this could be true. But it would best to wait for an official word from Paramount to get excited.
Update 2: Bay debunked this rumor on his website: “I am currently not talking to Paramount on T4 and T5 despite reports. I’m looking at a lot of possibilities coming my way right now weighing options. Most likely going to be doing the low budget Pain and Gain, a true story crime thriller. It’s a very quick shoot and quite funny. Also just finishing the 3 disc set of the Transformer trilogy.”