Transformers might get a 4th and a 5th pic (with Jason Statham!)

Remember how we said that Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay were planning another return to the Autobot-Decepticon Wars? Well, now it seems like they're adding one film and losing one star.

Paramount wants to shoot Transformers 4 and 5 back to back, a cost-cutting technique employed by Back to the Future 2 and 3, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and, most recently, Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3.

While Bay is interested in returning to orchestrate more mechanical mayhem, and Dark of the Moon writer Ehren Kruger has an idea for T4 and T5 that Paramount likes, it seems that Shia LaBoeuf has had enough, and he's bailing. That leaves a hole in the franchise for some new blood, and rumor has it that Jason Statham's name is on the short list.

Jason Statham vs. giant honking robots. Now we're talking.

(via Variety)

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