UPDATE: Lorenzo Di Bonaventura has told MTV that Michael Bay will be coming back.
Alasdair Stuart writes for Bleeding Cool.
I'm awfully fond of the first live action Transformers movie, if nothing else for the 'Arrival to Earth' section of the score and the fabulously grimy, constantly escalating fight in Mission City that wraps things up.
Likewise, the third movie not only includes a gleefully incoherent Decepticon conspiracy involving the Moon landings but also features Optimus Prime and Buzz Aldrin in the same room, which, let's face it, reads like the start of the best non sequitur joke ever. Of course it also had the worst John Malkovich cameo in recent memory, 3D buttshots and even more 'hilarious' Mr and Mrs Witwicky comedy moments but hey, you can't have everything.
Including, perhaps, Michael Bay.
From the press junket for GI Joe: Retaliation, Comingsoon report that Lorenzo Di Bonaventura is all set for Transformers 4 in 2014 and implies heavily that Bay is seriously debating coming back.
Bonaventura alsogfave some detail about the plans for Transformers 4, hinting that the apparently very successful GI Joe: Retaliation formula of 'Hire Dwayne Johnson and Titus Pullo, brutally murder Channing Tatum' can be applied just as easily to the Transformers universe, albeit with slightly less Channing-icide:
We're going to try to do a hybrid there where there will be some characters that come forward–we think, we're still in the process of figuring it out–and some characters that don't, but it will definitely be a different story.
In other Bay related news, the world's most explodingest man is preparing to shoot Pain and Gain in Miami in April. Starring Johnson again, along with Mark Wahlberg, it's based on the true story of a group of competitive bodybuilders who fall foul of the criminal underworld of the city. Wahlberg's consistently entertaining, Johnson is clearly relishing not doing kid's movies any more and I'm looking forward to this one being rather fun.
Meanwhile, Di Bonaventura is keeping equally busy with Red 2 set to shoot in Autumn, albeit with a different director, and The Bitter Pill/The Side Effects set to start filming in New York with Stephen Soderbergh very shortly.
That's a varied slate of films and I'm looking forward to them all. I've even made my peace that Dwayne Johnson isn't starring in every one.