Transformers 4 to Feature New Cast of Robots

Michael BayDirector Michael Bay has signed a two-picture deal with Paramount Pictures; his first project includes true crime film Pain and Gain, followed by the tentatively titled Transformers 4, a continuation of the blockbuster science fiction series.

The fourth film in Paramount's Transformers franchise will be released in 2014, director Michael Bay announced earlier this year on his website. Bay assures that this fourth installment is not a reboot, reports DigitalTrends.com.

The third installment based on the Hasbro toy franchise was released last summer in 3D and grossed over one billion dollars worldwide. Bay will direct the fourth film continuing the robotic conflict of Autobots battling Decepticons. Also returning are producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto and Ian Bryce. Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian will come on board as executive producers.

“It's a hybrid because there's still continuity going on, and there will be a lot of new cast,” Di Bonaventura told MTV News earlier this year. “Whether there's anybody from the first cast, we don't even know yet. But it's going to be a whole new story.”

Hasbro president and CEO, Brian Goldner, stated that Michael Bay's next Transformers film will focus on a new crew of robotic characters, according to DigitalTrends.com. After disappointing toy sales following 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon, new robots may reinvigorate the toy line's sales once Transformers 4 is released.

“We’re taking the story that you’ve seen—the story we’ve told in three movies already—and we’re taking it in a new direction,” Bay told iamrogue.com. “But we’re leaving those three as the history. It all still counts.” Some fans speculate that Bay might set the new film on the Transformer's war-torn planet Cybertron. It remains to be seen whether the “new cast” will include previously unseen-on-screen Transformers or completely original creations.

Based on a true story, Pain and Gain centres on a group of bodybuilders engaged in a extortion ring and kidnapping scheme in Florida. The Michael Bay- and Donald De Line-produced film will star Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as the steroid-pumped criminal duo. Writers Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely and Scott Rosenberg adapted the story from a series of articles, DigitalSpy.com reports. Published by the Miami New Times in 1999, the three-part series was written by Pete Collins and chronicled the violent journey of the Miami's Sun Gym gang.

In a departure from Michael Bay's action blockbusters, Pain and Gain has been described as a “'Coen brothers-esque' dark crime comedy,” states CinemaBlend.com. Due for release in spring, this movie marks the first time since Bad Boys that a Michael Bay film isn't set for a summer release. The film's budget of $20 million also marks a relatively low cost for a feature film directed by Bay.

Pain and Gain recently debuted its first poster depicting an eponymous container of whey protein powder in line with its bodybuilder characters. April 2013 is stated as its release date.

The dark comedy's roster also includes a veritable mix of both dramatic and comedic talent: Ken Jeong, Tony Shalhoub, Rebel Wilson, Rob Corddry, Anthony Mackie and Ed Harris are set to costar.

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