March 18, 2009 / 6:07 AM / in 9 years

"Transformers 3" director corrects release date

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - There will be a “Transformers 3,” but its release date is turning out to be less than certain.

The premiere of "Transformers" is held at the Mann's Village theatre in Los Angeles June 27, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

On Monday, Paramount Pictures scheduled the DreamWorks-produced “Transformers 3” for July 1, 2011, even while acknowledging that no cast had yet been hired. On Tuesday, director Michael Bay took issue with the date.

“Paramount made a mistake,” Bay wrote on his blog. “They asked me on the phone, (and) I said yes to July 4 (weekend) — but for 2012. Whoops, not 2011! That would mean I would have to start prep in September. No way. My brain needs a break from fighting robots.”

A first sequel — “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” — is set for wide release June 24, with Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox reprising their starring roles from the 2007 original.

Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters

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