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Michael Bay close to signing on for fourth “Transformers”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Michael Bay flirted with the possibility of making his next feature a non-robotic blockbuster, but now reports suggest that he’s running right back to the money-making franchise that has defined his career for the past 5 years.

Vulture reports that Paramount is in negotiations with Bay to bring him back for a fourth “Transformers” film. No surprise, really, as last summer’s “Dark of the Moon” crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box, and the idea of walking away from the franchise cannot be appealing to the studio.

Bay, however, has expressed interest in attempting something different … notably “Pain and Gain,” a dark comedy said to be in the tone of a Coen Brothers film about Florida bodybuilders caught up in a kidnapping-and-extortion scandal. Early reports have Bay approaching Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg for the lead “Pain” roles, but that’s very tentative.

If “Transformers” happens, it likely would come after “Pain,” which isn’t technically advanced and wouldn’t require the amount of prep that goes into a “Transformers” movie.

Vulture says Paramount “is not far from closing” on a deal with Bay for “Transformers 4,” and that they even have a story idea, with an announcement possibly coming as early as next week.

What do you think? Do you want more “Transformers” sequels? And more important, do you still want Bay on as a director, or would you like to see the franchise run through someone else’s vision? Let us know.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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