By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Paramount, Variety
No surprise here. As listed at the beginning of the week, the sequel to Transformers has been confirmed to hit theaters on June 26, 2009.
Transformers Sequel a Summer 2009 Tentpole
Though DreamWorks is regretting their relationship to Paramount, neither is going to let some beef get in the way of money. With Transformers already taking in $700 million worldwide, it is a no-brainer that the studio duo would fasttrack a sequel -- even with the oncoming strike.
While both studios stress the June 26th release date, an argument between DreamWorks' David Geffen and Steven Spielberg against Paramount execs
could create some delays. In short, the release date hasn't been stamped on any early posters just yet.
Spielberg may be unhappy with his current situation over at Paramount, Transformers might cause him to stick around. The director turned the adaptation into a passion project and was responsible for bringing Michael Bay onboard to direct. If he pulls out of the agreement with Paramount, he will have to leave all DreamWorks properties behind including the Transformers franchise.
Project starting to sound volatile? Now add in the fact that both Michael Bay and LaBeouf are not exactly a sure thing. If Bay comes back, expect the title character to return as well.