The news hit earlier that a fourth Transformers movie helmed by Michael Bay was in the works, with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura stating the movie is going to be a reboot.
Now, Bay has confirmed that he is indeed going to direct the next Transformers movie, and also announced the release date to be June 29th, 2014.
Word comes from Bay’s website, via an official press release (below), that he has signed a deal with Paramount to direct two new movies, one of which is Transformers, and that Transformers will be a “new take.”
The second movie mentioned sees Bay helm Pain And Gain, which stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
FIRST UP FOR THE PROLIFIC FILMMAKER IS â€œPAIN AND GAINâ€ STARRING MARK WAHLBERG AND DWAYNE â€œTHE ROCKâ€ JOHNSON, FOLLOWED BY A NEW INSTALLMENT IN THE HUGELY POPULAR â€œTRANSFORMERS â€ FRANCHISE, TO BE RELEASED ON JUNE 29TH, 2014
HOLLYWOOD, CA (February 13, 2012) â€“ 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 â€œPain and Gain,â€ and will be followed by the next installment in the hit â€œTransformersâ€ franchise.
Based on a true story, â€œPain and Gainâ€ 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, â€œPain and Gain,â€ will be directed by Bay and will star Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne â€œThe Rockâ€ Johnson. Expected to begin production in early spring, the movieâ€™s producers include Bay, Donald De Line and Ian Bryce.
Following â€œPain and Gain,â€ Bay will bring audiences a new take on the â€œTransformersâ€ 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, â€œTransformers: Dark of the Moon,â€ 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.
â€œMichael 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 Paramountâ€™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.”