Michael Bay to direct Transformers 4?

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The third and final film in the live action series directed by Michael Bay, "Dark of the Moon" is the sequel to 2009's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen". Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Kevin Dunn and Tyrese Gibson all return to their roles as the Autobots race to find a Cybertronian spacecraft that's landed on the Moon before the the Decepticons get to it. The secrets hidden here could turn the tide in the Transformers' final battle. Meanwhile new cast additions include Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey and John Malkovich.

December 7th, 2011

Michael Bay is set to return to the 'Transformers' franchise.

Despite the director previously claiming he would not be in the frame to direct the rebooted series, the success of the third film 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' - which took over $1 billion at the international box office - has persuaded him to think again.

According to NYMag.com's Vulture blog, Michael could begin shooting on the project, which will not be a prequel to the original three films starring Shia LaBeouf, in late 2012 following his work on revenge thriller 'Pain and Gain'.

Although details are not known about the story, it is thought it will focus more on the canon of the series and delve into old characters.

A source told the blog: "Regular people might not care about bringing out a character like Sentinel Prime.

"But believe me, fans of the series cared."

Jason Statham is reportedly being considered for the lead role in the fourth film, with active discussions taking part between him and studio Paramount.