Wait, did Michael Bay just reverse his Transformers 4 refusal?

First we heard Hasbro was talking with Bay and Steven Spielberg to make Transformers 4 happen, then Bay himself said he wasn't interested. Now Bay's name is back in the picture, and we're all hoping someone will just make up their mind already.

Reports that Paramount is trying to get Bay back on the robot fighting franchise emerged yesterday at Vulture, which cites insiders claiming he'll return to direct a fourth flick if the studio also gives him a chance to direct a pet project, the revenge movie Pain and Gain. Bay's been trying to get that project off the ground for more than a decade, and the insider called the chance to get it made Paramount's principal "leverage" in the deal.

Another insider claimed the deal isn't exactly close, but it isn't exactly far, either, and even went so far as to say an announcement could come by next week. Past rumors also included a fifth film, but this time we're just talking about a fourth that would apparently mine some of the more obscure characters from Transformers lore for a new story.

So, to sum up: Fourth movie, maybe Michael Bay, talks are going well. With us so far? Hang on, because Michael Bay's about to speak up.

Here's what the Lord of Explosions wrote early this morning on his official forum, Shoot for the Edit:

"Studio's [sic] are passing rumors but I'm not sure what I'm doing? I know I'm going to do Pain and Gain early spring but that's it for right now. I'm leaving all my options on the table. I've got several Studio meetings in the next two weeks."

So after all that stuff about insiders and negotiations and using Pain and Gain as leverage, we've got the director himself saying simply that he hasn't made up his mind, and that Pain and Gain is already happening. So much for a cut-and-dried piece of news, right?

Whether you like what he does or not, it's hard to imagine the Transformers franchise without Bay at this point. What do you think? Will he eventually cave and sign on for a fourth one?

(via Vulture)

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