If Bay Walked, Who Would Make Transformers 3?

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Michael Bay has hinted that he might be done with robots after Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen. Does this derail Paramount's already-announced date for the third movie in the series, or is Bay just playing an explosive game of hard-to-get?

Promoting Fallen, Bay has been saying that he longs for quieter, less Bayhem-filled projects, entirely devoid of anything more than meets the eye:

After the three and a half years I've spent making these movies, I feel like I've had enough of the Transformers world. I need to do something totally divergent, something without any explosions.


Given that Bay has already claimed that his comments were "press spin" and that he just meant a vacation, it's fair to say that his bluff may have been called by Paramount already. But, let's face it - if Bay did walk, how much of a hiccup would that really cause for Paramount's announced 2011 date for the third movie? We're unconvinced that Bay is irreplaceable for the franchise, especially if writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman can be persuaded to stick around for the third act. As much as we enjoy Bay's over-the-top action sequences and pyrotechnics, the hard work of designing the world of the movie robots has already been done in the first two movies, and various big budget movie franchises from Harry Potter to Batman have managed to change directors without impacting the box office too much (Of course, it could always end up being another X-Men: The Last Stand...). Would a Zack Snyder or even a McG (Now, there would be a decisive victory in this summer's quasi McG/Bay egofest... Although, for which side, we're not sure) be able to step in and take the franchise to all new heights... and, as long as the robots remain giant and violent, would anyone even notice?

Bay To Quit Transformers [WENN/Yahoo News]