Fourth ‘Transformers’ takes shape; due out in June 2014

Director Michael Bay plans a fresh take on shape-shifting robots with the fourth installment in his Transformers franchise. Paramount Pictures announced Monday night that Bay will return to direct the next chapter in the blockbuster sci-fi series, due out June 29, 2014.

LOS ANGELES — Director Michael Bay plans a fresh take on shape-shifting robots with the fourth installment in his Transformers franchise.

Paramount Pictures announced Monday night that Bay will return to direct the next chapter in the blockbuster sci-fi series, due out June 29, 2014.

Bay’s third movie based on the Hasbro toy line, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, came out last summer and took in $1.1 billion worldwide.

The studio’s announcement said the next Transformers will be a new take — which probably is necessary since star Shia LaBeouf said last summer that he would not return for a fourth movie. Bay’s production team will be back, though, including Steven Spielberg as executive producer.

The Transformers sequel is part of a two-picture deal for Bay at Paramount. First, he’ll direct Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson in the crime tale Pain and Gain, based on a true story about Florida bodybuilders involved in extortion, kidnapping and murder.

Filming on “Pain and G

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