October 18 2011

Hasbro Approaches Michael Bay About Transformers 4

Michael BayColor me absolutely not surprised, but apparently toy manufacturer Hasbro has been talking to Michael Bay about returning to direct a fourth installment of the Transformers franchise.

Despite saying that Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third film in the series, would be his last outing with the giant robots, according to Deadline,  Hasbro has approached the director about returning for a fourth outing.  Although the newest movie came in second domestically in the series’ domestic box office numbers, it did enough money overseas to become the fourth highest grossing movie of all time in worldwide receipts.

Here is how the series has broken down so far.

Year of ReleaseBudgetDomestic TotalForeign TotalTotal
Transformers:Revenge of the Fallen2009$200M$402,111,870$434,191,823$836,303,693
Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011$195M$352,390,543$766,850,500$1,119,241,043

Looking at these numbers, do you think there isn’t any chance that there won’t be a fourth film with Bay at the helm.  It isn’t like this is a director that has some passion project cooking in the back of his head, he’s a hack that makes popcorn movies with next to no script.  Bay makes tens of millions himself on these films off of deals off the backend, and that’s going to be awfully hard for him to say no to.

Hasbro said on the earnings call where they said they had approached him that they hoped to have more news on the next quarter’s call.  Seeing that the movies are usually shot 12 months before release, there is still time to put together the fourth movie for summer 2013, and movie going audiences can continue to flock to these messes.

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