UPDATE: Michael Bay To Helm TRANSFORMERS 4; Will "Reboot" The Franchise

Hit the jump to check out the following video interview with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura in which he confirms the 2014 release date and reveals that Michael Bay will return to direct a "reboot" of the franchise. Sort of.

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"Michael's going to direct it and it will be in the summer of 2014," Bonaventura confirmed in an interview with MTV News. "He's a cool customer, he's excited and I think the challenge there is that we are really are going to do a reboot and what that's going to be we don't even know yet."

As for those casting rumors about Jason Statham, he said: "No, it's so silly. We've got to get a story first."

"It's a hybrid," added the producer when talk turned to just how much of a reboot the movie really is. "I'm not involved with Spider-Man, but what I perceive Spider-Man to be is a redoing of the whole thing. It's [Transformers] not. It's an evolution, there's still continuity that's going on and yet there will be a lot of new cast and whether there will be anyone from the old cast we don't even know yet. It's going to be a whole new story. The characters who will come along will be Optimus and Bumblebee I'm sure."

UPDATE: Here is the official press release confirming that Michael Bay will return to direct a fourth Transformers movie for a June 29th, 2014 release date.

HOLLYWOOD, CA (February 13, 2012) – Paramount Pictures announced today that director Michael Bay has signed a two-picture deal with the studio, which will commence this spring with the filming of "Pain and Gain," and will be followed by the next installment in the hit "Transformers" franchise.

Based on a true story, "Pain and Gain" follows a group of bodybuilders who engaged in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder in Florida. First told in an article from the Miami New Times, "Pain and Gain," will be directed by Bay and will star Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Expected to begin production in early spring, the movie’s producers include Bay, Donald De Line and Ian Bryce.

Following "Pain and Gain," Bay will bring audiences a new take on the "Transformers" franchise as he begins production on the fourth installment in the hit series of movies based on the best-selling Hasbro toyline. The third, and most recent installment of the franchise, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," is the fourth highest global grossing film of all time with 1.24 billion dollars of worldwide box office success. Directed by Bay, the movie will re-unite the filmmaking team from the hit franchise, including producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto and Ian Bryce; and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. Paramount Pictures will release the film on June 29th, 2014.

"Michael has been working on PAIN AND GAIN for a number of years but has patiently waited for the perfect casting to trigger a start," said Adam Goodman, President of Paramount’s Film Group. "Clearly his patience has paid off as we couldn’t be more excited about this combo. His passion for this project is just awesome."


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Source: MTV News
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dtwothaniel - 2/13/2012, 4:46 PM
Well let the hate begin
nowtheresaBATman - 2/13/2012, 4:48 PM
no....NOOOOOOOO! boomboomBay needs to spotaneously combust. NOW!
MARVELFAN1995 - 2/13/2012, 4:53 PM
Yess!
marvel72 - 2/13/2012, 4:54 PM
i'm fine with a reboot start with the war on cybertron.
GreendaleHumanBeing - 2/13/2012, 4:56 PM
One does not simply write a script for a Michael Bay film.
WesleyGibson - 2/13/2012, 4:58 PM
Yeah I'm with Marvel, the War for Cybertron would be great. As for this news, I think it's a good idea.
airbeyonder18 - 2/13/2012, 4:58 PM
Yeah that would be cool. The reboot would be about the WAR OF CYBERTRON!
Viltrumite - 2/13/2012, 4:59 PM
Why in god's name is this even being made?
*looks at the box office grossings for the trilogy*
...forget I even asked.
NerdyGeek - 2/13/2012, 5:00 PM
I bet ya they'll title it TRANS4MERS
CraptainAmerica - 2/13/2012, 5:04 PM
I bet my entire earnings that this will come to nothing. It's THAT early on.

Bay can't pull a 'Cage' like with Ghost Rider: Second Bite Of The Cherry
LegacyAR - 2/13/2012, 5:04 PM
Wow, rebooting his own franchise? That's a first.
Destroyer14 - 2/13/2012, 5:05 PM
......You gotta be kidding me.
JDUKE25 - 2/13/2012, 5:09 PM
NO MORE SHIA LABEOUF or humans for that matter. Just focus completely on the freakin robots and Cybertron.
OdinsBeard - 2/13/2012, 5:10 PM
so more "first class" and less "batman begins"
AsianVersionOfET - 2/13/2012, 5:10 PM
What...? What?
DarkKnight17 - 2/13/2012, 5:10 PM
If they don't do war on cybertron and no humans, it will suck.
Xandera - 2/13/2012, 5:11 PM
This has EPICFAIL written all over it...
MovieMann - 2/13/2012, 5:11 PM
@TheIrishAvenger
Haha I can so see that happening
Zombie137 - 2/13/2012, 5:14 PM
Sounds great, i actually like the other three movies. And since there are SO many incarnations of the Transformers line. I think it can totally work.
LucasMend - 2/13/2012, 5:18 PM
Just focus on the robots and we're cool. Bring it to Cybertron too.
GreyChaos13Zero - 2/13/2012, 5:19 PM
War of Cybertron, that's cool but not having no humans might make it look cheesy. just sayin?)
DCnerd46 - 2/13/2012, 5:19 PM
The term "reboot" is overused to the point in which it is taken out of context. It's not really a reboot w/ the same people working on the movie...
TayDee - 2/13/2012, 5:20 PM
there gonna have to have humans. I don't know why you people won't understand that!
GUNSMITH - 2/13/2012, 5:20 PM
THE SAME DIRECTOR REBOOTING HIS TRILOGY?..HAS ANYONE EVER DONE THAT BEFORE EVEN? AND OK..I KNOW THEY ARE PROBABLY PAYING HIM AN INSANE AMOUT OF MONEY TO STAY ON..BUT REBOOTING YOUR OWN STUFF IS SOMETHING NEW TO ME. I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO A NEW DIRECTOR GIVING US A NEW SPIN, ARE WE GOING TO SEE TRANSFORMERS BAY STYLE BUT RECYCLED?
Bandrews1 - 2/13/2012, 5:20 PM
They can't be serious -_-
soberchimera - 2/13/2012, 5:21 PM
CaptainDC - 2/13/2012, 5:21 PM
I AM NOT A FAN OF THIS, BUT.....

CaptainDC - 2/13/2012, 5:22 PM
They don't need this, this is so stupid! Moneygrubbers
CaptainDC - 2/13/2012, 5:23 PM
Better yet.....
GUNSMITH - 2/13/2012, 5:23 PM
I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM DO IT MORE LIKE THE AVATAR STYLE OF FILMING, GETTING ACTORS TO PLAY THE ROBOTS IN MOTION AND FACE CAPTURE, MORE ROBOT PERFORMANCE..PLUS INTRODUCE MORE STUFF FROM THE ORIGINAL SERIES..DINOBOTS, UNICRON, HEADMASTERS, THE QUINTASONS, ALPHA TRION..ORIGIN OF OPTIMUS PRIME AND MEGATRON..AND GET WELKER TO VOICE MEGATRON
GreendaleHumanBeing - 2/13/2012, 5:25 PM
@Morty Save Monkk.
HoneyBadgerDontCare - 2/13/2012, 5:31 PM
Hmmm, not sure how to react to this. On one hand I'm happy with a reboot but the fact that Bay is back saddens me as it means that we'll most likely get more of the same. The bots will still look like they did, there'll still be an annoying human sidekick, the Decepticons will still be pussies, Bumblebee still wont be able to talk and everything will explode in slow motion.

Damn you Bay, how do you keep getting work? You're like the Rob Liefeld of movies.
captquirk - 2/13/2012, 5:39 PM
As for those casting rumors about Jason Statham, he said: "No, it's so silly. We've got to get a story first."

Wow... judging from the last 3, all you need is more CG and explosions.
95 - 2/13/2012, 5:40 PM
Well, this was an unexpected turn of events.

Can they find anyone better than Michael Bay?

Whatever. Bring on Cybertron.

Get an older cast, like Ridley Scott's Alien.

And main thing: Get a good writer & script.

My jaw is literally on the floor. I can't believe this news...
SpiderFan35 - 2/13/2012, 5:40 PM
CaptainObvious - 2/13/2012, 5:41 PM
thewolfx - 2/13/2012, 5:42 PM
my head hurts from all the dumbassery


rebooting your own shit ... really bay .. really?
Optimus83 - 2/13/2012, 5:43 PM
No Reboot. ...Not Now
InFamouslyCool - 2/13/2012, 5:45 PM
Bay's a [frick]ing cornball.
spectre88 - 2/13/2012, 5:46 PM
Would it kill him to make them look like the Transformers. Forget realism make it reminiscent of the 80's cartoon!
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