Michael Bay has revealed he will return to direct Transformers 4 and will work with Steven Spielberg on the project - but not just yet.
The American director plans to focus on black comedy Pain And Gain first, which will start filming at the end of March, before taking on the fourth instalment of the robots series.
"Steven Spielberg and I are working on a whole new re-imagining of Transformers, the fourth instalment. We have been working on the idea for a few months. I'm excited about where it's headed," he said on his official website, www.michaelbay.com.
"But first I'm doing a small 20 million dollar edgy black comedy of a true crime story set in Miami called Pain And Gain, starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, and very close to signing on a couple other great actors. I'm extremely excited to simplify my film career this spring with a great character piece."
Michael hinted that he may also direct a TV series.
"I might then jump onto a very cool television show my company Platinum Dunes is selling to a major cable network. It might be my first pilot I might potentially direct. We are still working out the details of the deal," he added.
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura had already hinted that the franchise may be starting afresh, with the exit of leading man Shia LaBeouf.
"I think we really are going to do a reboot there. What that's going to be, we don't even know yet. We've got to get a story first," he told MTV.