Signals of a fourth Transformers installment were broadcasting through the galaxy as early as October of last year, but now it’s official: Transformers 4 will invade theaters in 2014, with franchise mainstay Michael Bay once again behind the wheel.
Speaking to press at the New York City Toy Fair, TF producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura hinted at Bay’s return, while speculating what might be in store for the next outing in the mechanical mayhem series:
“We’re going to try to do a hybrid there where there will be some characters that come forward–we think, we’re still in the process of figuring it out–and some characters that don’t, but it will definitely be a different story.”
But it was Bay himself who made the announcement official, taking to his personal website to announce his involvement with the fourquel. The director revealed to eager fans his two-picture deal with Paramount Pictures, the studio behind Transformers. The action-oriented Bay will first shoot Pain & Gain for the studio, a true story drama starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, then segue to the yet-to-be-subtitled Transformers sequel to hit a June 29, 2014 release date.
The return of Shia LaBeouf or Dark of the Moon‘s replacement damsel-in-distress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is unclear, but with Bay back in the director’s chair, there’s no question that another metal-clashing blockbuster that clicks with (and melts the brains of) the masses is on the way. The original Transformers trilogy grossed $3 billion worldwide — why stop there?