Yesterday Paramount -- obviously acting with itchy trigger fingers -- went ahead and set a tentative date for Transformers 3 to hit theaters on July 1, 2011 so that they could lock down that oh-so-important date during a summer that's beginning to look like it may go down as one of the biggest and most anticipated on record. But while Paramount secured their date, they didn't necessarily secure their director or their cast -- and now Michael Bay has gone on record saying he ain't interested in the gig if they want to turn it around that quickly.

Here's what Bay said on his own message boards (after previously saying that he'd like to take a year off from big giant robot wars): "I said I was taking off a year from Transformers. Paramount made a mistake in dating Transformers 3 - they asked me on the phone - I said yes to July 4 - but for 2012 - whoops! Not 2011!!! That would mean I would have to start prep in September. No way. My brain needs a break from fighting robots."

So if the studio really wants Michael Bay to direct the third Transformers film (and why wouldn't they -- he might not be the best director, but in my opinion he's the best director for this particular property), then they're going to have to push it to summer 2012. Will they push, or will they hire someone else? Is it that important to have Transformers 3 in 2011? Or will Paramount hold onto the date and switch out Transformers for something else?

What do you think: Would you want another director handling Transformers? If so, who?
categories Movies, Cinematical