It was only four short months ago that Michael Bay said he was done with the Transformers:
“After the three and a half years I’ve spent making these movies, I feel like I’ve had enough of the Transformers world. “I need to do something totally divergent, something without any explosions.”
So exactly what is ol' Mikey planning on doing that is totally divergent and without explosions?
He's working on Transformers 3.
This morning on his website/message forum/altar to himself, Bay announced that he's got a script he likes (not that the rest of us will) and already has a release date scheduled of July 1, 2011.
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.
Good to know he's already carefully measuring how much money will be squeezed out of the audience.
Bay also made the list of creepy things to publicly say to an actress:
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.
Uh....OK, Mike. Thanks for that.
The last two films have grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide, so we knew it was only a matter of time before Mikey dropped that arthouse pretense and got back to the business of blowing shit up for money.
Expect more news as this hits the intrawebs.