Michael Bay has said he was done with the “Transformers” franchise in past interviews, but Vulture is reporting the 46-year-old director has had a change of heart.
According to the website, Bay is in final negotiations to direct a fourth “Transformers” film. The report states that the movie, which would be a sequel and not a prequel, will “delve deeper into the Transformers canon to mine older characters and lore" and could begin shooting in winter 2012.
In response to the article, Bay wrote on his personal website “Studio's are passing rumors but I'm not sure what I'm doing? I know I'm going to do Pain and Gain early spring but that's it for right now. I'm leaving all my options on the table. I've got several Studio meetings in the next two weeks.”
The third movie in the franchise, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” filmed in Chicago in 2010 and contributed an estimated $20 million to the local economy. The movie went on to earn $1.12 billion at the worldwide box office,
"Transformers" executive producer Steven Spielberg was recently asked if Bay would return to the franchise in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“I hope so, because I think he made the best of the three with this last one," Spielberg said. "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.”
On the record: "At 29, I am a bit old for that world. I do take jobs that come directly to me, but I see no point in hoofing it to castings surrounded by a bunch of 15-year-olds." – Former "America’s Next Top Model” winner and Joliet native Adrianne Curry talks to LA Weekly about modeling.
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Coming to a theater near you: The trailer below is for the Farrelly Brothers' long-awaited "Three Stooges" movie and it features Chicago-area natives Sean Hayes, who plays Larry, and Jennifer Hudson, who plays a nun. If you're having a tough morning and need a good laugh, I recommend you look elsewhere for it.