In 2011, after Transformers: Dark of the Moon made a killing with a worldwide gross of $1.1237 billion, becoming one of the top five highest grossing movies of all time, director Michael Bay said he was leaving the franchise for good. Now it seems like Bay has had a change of heart, and has announced that he will be coming back for the upcoming Transformers 4.
According to Bay, his change of heart came from seeing the 3D Transformers Ride open at Universal Studios Hollywood back in May of this year.
“I thought I was done,” Bay said to The Huffington Post about his previous claims. “Then the ride came out and the two-and-a-half-hour lines. And then you’re thinking, ‘Oh my God, someone’s going to take this over?’ And you start doing a lot of soul-searching… I’m thinking that if I do this last one, we set it on a new footing and we change a lot of things, but we keep the history of the three in place. But we broaden it so it can be set up and be carried on — it would have a better chance for survival, I guess… The bottom line is, when you go to Universal Studios and you have the two-and-a-half-hour line, it’s hard to give it up. You birth a baby and you want to carry it on.”
This isn’t the first time a director has changed his mind about returning to a popular franchise. Oscar-winning Peter Jackson, after directing the ever-popular The Lord of the Rings trilogy, got into a spat with the Tolkien family about royalties, and said he would not return. However, after things got patched up with the Tolkien family, Jackson is now returning for The Hobbit trilogy.
Michael Bay did not, however, say this would be a permanent return, teasing that this would probably be his last Transformers movie. Dark of the Moon screenwriter Ehren Kruger has been working on the screenplay for the fourth movie now, which Bay also teased in the interview.
“We’re basically taking from the history of where it was, or where we left it in Chicago,” said Bay. “And we’re going to carry it on from there.”
There were previous reports where the producers said there would be a new cast of both human characters, as well as robot characters. Considering how Dark of the Moon ended, a new robot cast would definitely be in order, but no details have been said since Bay’s announcement. If Bay is coming back, and Kruger is working on the screenplay now, it’s only a matter of time before these announcements are made.
The fourth Transformers movie is slated for 2014.