Fourth “Transformers” To Shoot Next Year?

No surprise here, Michael Bay is in final negotiations to direct a new “Transformers” film for Paramount Pictures reports Vulture.

Bay has recently been developing his long-gestating personal project, the black comedy “Pain and Gain” about two dimwitted Miami bodybuilders who kidnap a businessman. However he has been having issues finding a studio and financing for the film.

As a result it looks like the deal being discussed will allow Bay to do both at Paramount – the helmer getting a green light on ‘Pain’ in exchange for a commitment to a fourth outing with the Autobots.

In fact if the deal closes, then the helmer is expected to shoot ‘Pain’ starting in the early Spring while prepping a fourth ‘Transformers’ at the same time. This would allow him to segue from principal photography on ‘Pain’ to shooting ‘Transformers 4’ in the second half of next year.

“Spielberg does this all the time where you’re doing art development and visual effects tests on your next movie while you’re still shooting the current one. The beauty of Michael doing Pain and Gain is that there’s no [technical] complexity to it compared to Transformers” an insider tells the paper.

An official announcement is expected as early as next week.