Rumors Regarding Transformers 4 and 5 Already Swirling

Posted October 18th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

When the stated “trilogy” of Michael Bay’s ended with Transformers: Dark of the Moon the widespread assumption was that the franchise would continue, or reboot, with someone else directing. When the film topped the previous two and reached over $1.1 billion worldwide in grosses that became inevitable. The surprising thing now though is the latest word has Bay possibly returning to direct the next two entries in the franchise which would be filmed back-to-back in the same manner that other franchises like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Matrix, and Lord of the Rings have done in the past.

Yesterday Variety broke the news regarding the current plan being concocted by Hasbro and Bay, Steven Spielberg, and Paramount. The thought is that Bay could be attached to the project as only an executive producer but more likely will take the directing chair again. By filming back-to-back the studio will save a great deal of money on production, avoid the stress of re-upping contracts, and there will be less in the way of time pressure to complete the special effects – of which has basically come down to the wire in previous releases.

Shia LeBeouf is not expected to return – by his own previous statements he wanted to move on anyway. What is really interesting is that the current casting preference for the lead in Transformers 4 and 5 is Jason Statham. As a proven action star he would provide more of a physical presence than LeBeouf and hopefully also reduce the opportunity for Bay to slip in juvenile jokes playing off the character. Coincidentally Statham is also rumored to be sought after for Fast Six and Seven which also plans a back-to-back filming schedule. It’s unlikely then he would be able to join both projects – if he ends up involved with either one of them.

  • Danny

    Oh god, please stop making these movies. 2nd movie won worst movie of the decade, and the 3rd movie was equally as bad.

    Can’t think of a movie franchise that didn’t deserve the money more than the Transformers one. Terrible movies.

    Michael Bay just needs to stop makig movies. Awful director.

    • Tobias Funke

      I totally agree with you.  I just saw Dark Of The Moon this past weekend and man what a POS movie that was.  I thought it was suppose to be better than 2 but it was the same crap.  Michael Bay please stop making movies.  Is there a petition we can sign? 

  • …..

    I sincerely hope that his be just a rumor. I just don’t know how much I could take having Hollywood continue to ruin all these franchises that we grew up or fell in love with…..all for the sake of money.  If anything, at least reevaluate and hire someone else with fresh ideas or new approach.

  • Anon

    You guys are nuts. These movies aren’t made to compete with oscar nominated movies but if anyone tells me they weren’t entertained watching any of the transformers movies then I’ll call you a LIAR.

  • chi25

    Jaason statham REALLY !!!! not a good look ! he’s too good for transformers