There has been a lot of speculation about what I'm going to do next and when or if I will do another Transformers. So let me set the record straight.Just to summarize to avoid confusion. Bay signed a two picture deal with Paramount. Picture #1 is Pain & Gain, picture #2 is Transformers 4. He is not yet signed for Transformers 5. This indicates that despite a few rumors of a back to back filming for the franchise (like The Hobbit), that is no longer the case.
I have just concluded a deal with Paramount to do two movies, but it won't be two Transformers.
I will first do 'Pain & Gain' with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.
Then I will do the next Transformers for release on June 29, 2014.
"Again, it's a hybrid because it's a funny thing. I'm not involved with 'Spider-Man,' but what I perceive 'Spider-Man' to be is just a redoing of the whole thing. It's not. It's an evolution. There's still continuity that's going on, yet there will be a lot of new cast," [di Bonaventura] said. "Whether there's anybody from the first cast, we don't even know yet. The trust is it's going to be a whole new story. The characters that would certainly come along are Optimus and Bumblebee, I'm sure."Update: - Deadline is reporting that Lorenzo Di Bonaventura is in the "doghouse" for leaking the Transformers 4 information a day early as Paramount was planning a press release for tomorrow morning. It is also why Bay went to the boards to reveal the news himself. Personally I like the news coming straight from the director and producer themselves then from some sterile studio press release. Having said that, since its Paramount's money, I can also understand why they would want to break the news first.
Update 2: Paramount has issued their press release on Bay's two picture deal.