A few years ago it was looking like every single Hasbro game or toy that ever existed would become a movie, with Transformers tearing up the box office, Battleship in production, and Ouija, Stretch Armstrong and Candy Land movies all in the works. These days the situation is a lot quieter– Universal killed the Ouija movie and abandoned Clue, and Michael Bay seemed pretty certain that the third Transformers would be his last.
From the THR: Hasbro is in active discussions with Paramount, Bay and Steven Spielberg to make a fourth Transformers movie. Of course, Bay is probably only involved in this as a producer, but thats still probably fine with him– he doesn’t just get a cut of the movies that succeed, but of the Transformers toys themselves, which means there’s a lot in it for him if the franchise keeps going.
“We continue to actively develop a number of additional Hasbro films with great partners and writers, including Micronauts, Ouija, Candyland, Risk, Stretch Armstrong, Clue and Monopoly,” Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner said Monday.
On Ouija, he drew a comparison to Walt Disney’s recent decision to restructure the budget for The Lone Ranger. That is “the same process we have gone through on the Ouija brand,” although at a lower level of spending, he said. Goldner added that the script is in good shape and is being polished now, meaning that the film could be back with a studio shortly.