Regardless of what you may have thought of ‘Transformers 3’, Hasbro’s CEO Brian Goldner thinks there’s room for more. On a conference call regarding the third quarter earnings of the company, Goldner said that Hasbro is currently in active discussions with Paramount, director Michael Bay and producer Steven Spielberg to make a ‘Transformers 4’. Although news as to when the production would start or who will be in the movie was not mentioned, Goldner adds that he hopes to have an update of the discussions at the next quarter earnings call.
Although Paramount would likely want this to happen and Spielberg can continue on as executive producer,this may be a tough sell for Goldner as Bay has already stated that the ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ would be his last film for the franchise and Shia LaBeouf has emphatically stated that he would not be returning for a sequel. But with the movie being the second highest grossing film for this year grossing $1.1billion worldwide, it may be a hard movie to pass on. (For you trivia folks, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2′ tops the list with $1.33billion worldwide.)
Although Hasbro does have other films based on their toy products in the works (‘Battleship’ will be released next year and scripts for movies based on the games Candyland, Risk, Clue, and Monopoly as well as ‘Micronauts’ and ‘Stretch Armstrong’ are in development), the big money maker is ’Transformers’ and it doesn’t look like this franchise will be placed back in the toy box anytime soon.
So would you see a reboot version of ‘Transformers’? And who would you like to see in the lead?
UPDATE: Bleeding Cool is reporting that Paramount would like to shoot Transformers 4 and 5 back to back in order to save on production costs. It has also been rumored that Jason Statham may find a roll in both.