After taking a brief break to direct his pet project Pain and Gain, Michael Bay is gearing up to bring us a fourth Transformers movie. Paramount certainly wasn't going to let this lucrative franchise just end with Dark of the Moon, the first movie in the franchise to crack $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
For a while it looked like Bay wouldn't return for a fourth tour and after adamantly saying he was done, he agreed to return as long as Paramount financed Pain or Gain.
"I thought I was done. 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."
He talked a bit about opening up the franchise so that the fifth Transformers movie could be helmed by a new director.
"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 of survival, I guess."
Early buzz had pegged the fourth film as being a reboot, but it appears from these comments that Bay is looking to continue the storyline from the first three and blow the doors open in including previously unseen Transformers.
"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."
Bay then goes on to say that this is "probably" his last Transformers, based on the direction the script is taking.
"We're basically taking from the history of where it was, or where we left it in Chicago and we're going to carry it on from there."
Transformers 4 isn't due in theaters until June 27, 2014. Are you interested to see what direction the franchise takes or have you seen enough of Bay's Transformers?