Steven Spielberg Would Like Michael Bay to Return for Transformers 4
Posted 12.06.11 by Ryan
After Transformers: Dark of the Moon became one of the biggest comic book movie hits of the summer (and of the year, just behind just Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2) after earning over a billion dollars worldwide, it came as no surprise when Hasbro CEO and Transformers producer Brian Goldner revealed that the toy company was in talks with Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, and Paramount Pictures about Transformers 4 (working title). Further reports indicated that Transformers 4 could be shot back-to-back with Transfomers 5, but Bay quickly refuted the reports. "I am currently not talking to Paramount on T4 and T5 despite reports," Bay announced on his personal website.
Whether Bay's comments are a negotiating tact is unknown, but there is someone who wants Bay back for a fourth installment in the Transformers franchise: Spielberg. During an interview about his long career in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, Spielberg said that he wanted Bay to return for Transformers 4.
I hope so, because I think he made the best of the three with this last one. I certainly can't imagine anybody other than Michael being equipped to make another Transformers. He's invented a genre and he's got the secret formula.
Spielberg has produced all three Transformers movies with Bay and revealed that he was the one who initially contacted Hasbro about turning the toys into box office success.
I used to buy my kids Transformers toys, and I'd wind up on the floor playing with them. I called up the head of Hasbro and I said, "Will you sell me the rights to Transformers? I think I have a way of turning this into a motion picture."
One of Speilberg's ideas was to hand the franchise to Bay, and while fans may be split about the movies themselves, there's no denying the success of the franchise. Transformers 4 is still in the early stages of development, with Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman recently admitting that Paramount is "developing ideas" for the fourth installment. With no script in place, Bay may have enough time to work on his passion project, the bodybuilder comedy Pain and Gain, which could star wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson.
Transformers actor Tyrese Gibson isn't worried. In September, Gibson revealed that he was convinced both Bay and Shia LaBeouf would be back for Transformers 4. "I think, with the success of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, both Michael Bay and Shia probably want a break from the franchise," said Gibson at the time. "But there's no way, I believe, that, at some point, they're not going to come back to do Transfomers 4."
With Spielberg hoping Bay comes back as well, it seems like only a matter of time before Bay announces his return.