A few weeks ago Michael Bay had a meeting with Steven Spielberg and Ehren Kruger to discuss ideas for Transformers 3 and to decide whether it would be released in 2011 or 2012. Before Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen burst into public viewing Bay said he wanted to have a break from robots and planned to make a small movie (Pain and Gain) before starting the next one, however from what he posted on his official forum today it looks like he’ll be going straight back into it:
Well its official: We have a great Transformers 3 story. The release date is now July 1st 2011. Not 2012.
Today is Day One. This morning started with an ILM meeting for five hours in San Francisco. Currently I’m flying with writer Ehren Kruger to Rhode Island to talk to Hasbro about new characters.
P.S. Megan Fox, welcome back. I promise no alien robots will harm you in any way during the production of this motion picture. Please consult your Physician when working under my direction because some side effects can occur, such as mild dizziness, intense nausea, suicidal tendencies, depression, minor chest hair growth, random internal hemorrhaging and inability to sleep. As some directors may be hazardous to your health, please consult your Doctor to determine if this is right for you.
Pain and Gain is right after shooting of Trans 3.
Bay has had a 3 month break which I think is long enough, but then again I haven’t directed one of the biggest movies of the year so I’m no expert on what counts as a sufficient break. Even if Bay wasn’t quite ready yet i’m sure the money was enough to convince him. He apparently made $75 million from the first Transformers movie as he decided to take a % of the film’s total revenues instead of an upfront fee. He probably made a similar stupidly high amount for Revenge of the Fallen and I bet Paramount were busy filling Bay’s swimming pool full of cash as he typed up today’s post for his forum.