If either of these possibilities hold water, then we should be grateful that Michael Bay will return for a fourth installment, despite promising he would stop hitting us once we cried "Uncle!"
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura confirmed to MTV News, at this years Toy Fair 2012 of all places, that Bay would return to the franchise. A real shocker considering the latest film is officially one of the most successful movies of all time, you would think everyone would want to call it a day.
Discussing the direction of the new movie, di Bonaventura confirmed that they had yet to find a story (which means it's about on par with the other three) and addressed the apparent absence of Shia Labeouf: "I think the challenge there is that we are really going to do a reboot and what that's going to be, we don't even know yet."
While the film would be a clean slate in the franchise in terms of fleshy faces, di Bonaventura indicated that the film would maintain the nonsensical continuity haphazardly built up over the previous films.
"It's an evolution. There's still continuity that's going on, yet there will be a lot of new cast," he said. "Whether there's anybody from the first cast, we don't even know yet. The trust is it's going to be a whole new story. The characters that would certainly come along are Optimus and Bumblebee, I'm sure."
Bay will return to Cybertron once he is finished making Pain and Gain, the low-budget (comparatively, at least) bodybuilder-oriented crime movie starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Mark "-y Mark" Wahlberg.
Deadline confirm that Transformers 4: The Derp De Derp Dep will be penciled in for a June 29th 2014 release date.