Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Variety's Transformers Linkbait Debunked

Michael Bay and Jason Statham personally debunked Variety's story about Transformers 4 and 5. The website "reported" that Paramount was working on a plan to film the films back to back using ideas from Ehren Kruger with Jason Statham as the lead actor and in negotiations with Michael Bay to direct. As I pointed out, all this was made up nonsense that was designed as link bait by Variety. In a post to his Shoot for the Edit forums, Michael Bay posted:
I am currently not talking to Paramount on T4 and T5 despite reports. I'm looking at a lot of possibilities coming my way right now weighing options. Most likely going to be doing the low budget Pain and Gain, a true story crime thriller. It's a very quick shoot and quite funny. Also just finishing the 3 disc set of the Transformer trilogy.

Meanwhile, in an interview with MTV Jason Statham shot down his involvement with the franchise. He said ""You know, I don't know how those things start. You read them. Someone told me about it. The internet is a dangerous place."

My opinion is Michael Bay will be offered the opportunity to direct the next film more out of politeness. After six years of living the Transformers movies, Bay has got to be ready to move on but regardless he will get an executive producer credit. I think Hasbro and Paramount are seriously considering doing a reboot of the movie franchise. What they are really waiting on isn't deals to be put in place or a script but on The Amazing Spider-Man.

While franchises have been rebooted, none after such a short break from the previous set of films or for franchises where the films cost $200 million a pop. Assuming Spider-Man makes the big bucks, I would be more shocked if they didn't do a reboot. Hasbro already reboots the franchise about once every five years so it is an old trick for them. A reboot also means a fresh approach to the toys using new designs instead of rehashing a now 6 year old esthetic yet again. Paramount probably doesn't care as long as the movie succeeds but selling a reboot means the benefits of the brand without any of the baggage, always something the marketing department enjoys. On the creative front, a new director is going to want to put their own stamp on the franchise without having to work in Michael Bay's shadow (but the comparisons will always be inescapable). The net result is a reboot is a win all around. The only way I don't see a reboot occurring is if Spider-Man bombs or Michael Bay decides to direct again and doesn't want a reboot. Neither scenario is likely to happen. Thanks All Hail Starscream for the heads-up.


  1. Spiderman reboot bombing or underperforming is highly likely to happen,indeed.
    Yep, Sony marketing machine will its best to brainwash people using bribes for having good reviews and as much positive campaign as possible worldwide on tv news and shows as well as on the 'net using studio plants and all possible dirty tricks.
    Still it's a fact that all Marvel and DC Comics super-heroes movies really have been a disappointment boxoffice wise, some managed to get average looking numbers but still far less that what studios were expecting. Green Lantern had a huge budget and it practically bombed. Captain America underperformed. Thor managed to barely reach Iron Man boxoffice gross results. That is far from a huge success.
    And the new Spiderman reboot first teaser trailer has been a huge disappointment already.. it looks cheap as hell, a bad mix between Green Lantern and The Dark Knight.

  2. micheal bay and Rosie hungtington shoudl never be allowed near movie sets again unless its to do porn

  3. Anonymous @3:49pm...go suk yuh mada

  4. I think they should continue the current story line into the rodamus prime an galvatron era an have galvatron not be A reformated megatron have him be megatrons sucsesser.


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