LOS ANGELES, California (Hollywood Reporter) — Michael Bay is in talks to direct the DreamWorks/Paramount live-action adaptation of “The Transformers,” Hasbro’s popular 1980s toy line of giant robots that morph into cars, trucks, planes, ships and other technological creations.
The move would reteam the director with DreamWorks, which is handling domestic distribution on the movie. Bay is helming DreamWorks’ upcoming summer release “The Island,” a co-production with Warner Bros. Pictures. (Warner Bros. is a division of Time Warner, as is CNN.)
Bay also would reunite with writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who, under their two-year, first-look deal with DreamWorks, rewrote “Island” and wrote “Transformers.”
The Transformers are divided into two groups of robots, one led by Optimus Prime, which believes in tolerance and the sanctity of life, the other by Megatron, which espouses survival of the fittest and the extermination of biological life.
A November 17, 2006, release date has been set. Bay’s credits include the two “Bad Boys” movies, “Pearl Harbor,” “Armageddon” and “The Rock.”