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