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Michael Bay talks Transformers 4 and Pain and Gain

Michael Bay directs Transformers

Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Bay has confirmed that a fourth Transformers film will be released on June 29, 2014, which he will direct.

The filmmaker has also penned a two picture deal with Paramount that will see him also direct a Mark Wahlberg-Dwayne Johnson bodybuilding film called Pain And Gain.

The Transformers news follows comments made by franchise producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura to MTV News, which revealed that the film would be a “reboot”.

He said that none of the cast of the original three movies are currently signed for the project, adding that it was likely that he and Bay would create at least a few new characters for the film.

“It’s a hybrid because there’s still continuity going on, and there will be a lot of new cast,” he said. “Whether there’s anybody from the first cast, we don’t even know yet. But it’s going to be a whole new story.”

Commenting on his website, Bay moved to clarify uninformed reports coming out of Toy Fair concerning the fourth film by saying: “Steven Spielberg and I are working on a whole new re-imagining of Transformers, the fourth installment.

“We have been working on the idea for a few months. I’m excited about where it’s headed. But first I’m doing a small $20 million dollar edgy black comedy of a true crime story set in Miami called Pain and Gain. It stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwanye Johnson and I’m very close to signing on a couple other great actors.

“I’m extremely excited to simplify my film career this spring with a great character piece.”

Based on a true story, Pain and Gain will follow a group of bodybuilders who engaged in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder in Florida. It was first told in an article from the Miami New Times.

Shooting is expected to begin in early spring, possibly March.

Adam Goodman, President of Paramount’s Film Group, said of the film: “Michael has been working on Pain And Gain for a number of years but has patiently waited for the perfect casting to trigger a start. Clearly, his patience has paid off as we couldn’t be more excited about this combo. His passion for this project is just awesome.”

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