Transformers 4 Might Shoot Back-to-Back With Transformers 5, But Won't Star Jason Statham
Posted 10.19.11 by Ryan
While it wasn't a huge surprise, Hasbro CEO and Transformers producer Brian Goldner revealed a few days ago that the toy company was in talks with director Michael Bay, producer Steven Spielberg, and Paramount Pictures about Transformers 4 (working title). This summer's Transformers: Dark of the Moon grossed over a billion dollars worldwide, and now a few new reports show what might be in store for future installments.
Bay has already claimed that he wants to direct the low-budget, dark comedy Pain & Gain next, which, at the very least, means that Hasbro and Paramount have to wait for Bay's services to become available. Should Bay return to the director's chair, he could be directing not one, but two Transformers sequels back-to-back.
Variety reports that "sources close to the planning process" have revealed that two Transformers sequels could be headed into production, with Paramount reportedly enthralled with Dark of the Moon screenwriter Ehren Kruger's idea for the next installments. Nothing is set yet, but the possibility is there.
What may not be possible is convincing Shia LaBeouf to return. The actor revealed in June that he was "not coming back to do another one" and the Variety reports confirms that LaBeouf will not return.
With a possible opening available for an actor to come in and take over a highly successful franchise, the report reintroduced a rumor that Jason Statham could take over the franchise, a rumor that first started in July. Statham's romantic involvement with Dark of the Moon actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley could be the cause of the rumor, one Staham denied in a recent interview with MTV.
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.
Statham went on to say that he thought Bay was a "talented man" and wasn't entirely against the idea, but did say: "I've got a lot of stuff in front of me."
As for when Transformers 4 will start production, the report claims that Bay could potentially start shooting Transformers 4 (and 5) by late 2012 or early 2013, should he agree to return. Bay still plans to produce, along with Spielberg.