It looks like Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner wasn't fooling around
. Just one day after he told analysts that the toy company was "actively discussing" a fourth 'Transformers' film with director Michael Bay, producer Steven Spielberg and Paramount, Variety reports that plans for a fourth and fifth are in the works. If this happens, the plan is to shoot 'Transformers 4' and 'Transformers 5' back-to-back to keep production costs down and bring in a new star to replace the departing Shia LaBeouf. No deals have been offered yet, but Variety mentions Jason Statham as an option being "bandied about." (Note: this would be awesomesauce.) Bay had alluded to the fact that he wouldn't direct another 'Transformers' film, but he's considering directing this go-around, proving once again that money talks. [Variety]
Speaking of Shia LaBeouf, the actor is attached to play a 20-foot-tall giant in what's being described as an "untitled quirky love story." The film will follow a broke girl who moves back home after a string of bad relationships, and strikes up a rapport with the giant next door. Gil Kenan ('Monster House') wrote the script and will direct. Being 20-feet-tall could have come in handy for LaBeouf in Vancouver last week. Ahem. [Variety]

Time for some Hollywood gossip: TheWrap reports that Mark Wahlberg and David O. Russell are no longer friends after the director cast Bradley Cooper in his new film. Wahlberg had been attached to star in Russell's 'The Silver Linings Playbook' but was replaced by Cooper because of costs. At least that's what the director's estranged cousin tells TheWrap. Wahlberg has starred in three films for Russell, including 'The Fighter' which marked the director's comeback after spending years in Hollywood jail for his caustic on-set antics. Take from this story what you must. [TheWrap]

"I did it on my own terms, in my own time, in my own words, and that is absolutely the type of relationship I want to have to that information. I did it because I recognized the way that it helped people, I did it because it was my time to do it, and yeah, it was definitely a deliberate choice to do it in that way," Zachary Quinto on why he decided to come out. Good job. [NextMovie]

'Zombieland' screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese have been hired to turn the Hasbro toyline 'Micronauts' into a new film for director J.J. Abrams and Paramount. There are a lot of things wrong in that sentence, but many right? [Deadline]

Screenwriter William Monahan has some ideas for a sequel to 'The Departed,' but don't hold your breath. ""I think Warner Bros. would have liked to see a synopsis of it," the Oscar winner told Collider when asked why a sequel wouldn't materialize despite Monahan's notes. "I don't do synopses and I don't pitch. Personally, I don't know if it's ever going to happen. I know the film, I've got the film in my head. Even if everybody didn't come back, which they could in the film as I've configured it, it would be a hell of a paycheck for somebody to write. The film would have to be absolutely superb." [Collider]

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