Michael Bay to direct fourth Transformers film

Next instalment in the popular franchise due out in June 2014

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It has been confirmed that blockbuster director Michael Bay has been signed up to direct a fourth Transformers movie.

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Paramount Pictures made the announcement last night, ending months of speculation over the future of the series, and added that the film is slated to be released on 29 June 2014.

“Directed by Bay, the movie will reunite the film-making team from the hit franchise, including producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto and Ian Bryce; and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian,” said the studio’s statement.

The last instalment in the Transformers franchise, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, is the fourth highest-grossing film of all time and earned more than $1bn worldwide.

Before Bay begins work on the new Transformers film he is set to direct Pain and Gain, a project that will star Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

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In addition to the Transformers series, Bay’s directorial credits include Pearl Harbor, Armageddon and Bad Boys.