There was a rather absurd, unsourced rumor going around the other day that Jason Statham was in the mix to star in the next Transformers movie. While that would be...awesome, it's still nothing but a rumor. What isn't a rumor is that both Michael Bay and Shia LaBeouf have affected some fatigue with the stresses of creating these films, but that doesn't mean that the people pulling the strings are going to stop making them.
To wit, one of the men who owns the film rights to Transformers, producer Don Murphy (who tried to get the film made for years before momentum swung his way), recently popped up on his own messageboard with this little nugget (thanks to TFW2005 for the link):
What happens next? Certainly not a reboot. We haven't lost the Transformers. They didn't grow up or become expensive like Toby Maguire. I don't know what happens next. I'm pretty sure there will be a second trilogy. I am pretty sure it will kick ass. And I am pretty sure some of you will hate it because it wasn't all bots.
The dig at Maguire is, of course, speaking to the fact that it was far cheaper to reboot the Spiderman franchise rather than make a fourth film due to the ballooning salaries of the stars involved; the price of CGI remains fairly constant, however, if not becoming cheaper over time, and I doubt anyone would argue with the fact that we go to see these films for the robots and the hot girls rather than LaBeouf. That said, calling the three films produced thus far a "trilogy" seems exceptionally kind; there's no real overarching storyline to speak of, really, aside from the fact that the Autobots continue to wish to fight the Decepticons.
No doubt Paramount and Murphy are on the hunt for a new director and a new creative vision for the next round of mega-films; no sense in stopping this train now. I doubt we'll see another film until 2014 at the earliest; Bay was only marginally capable of making comprehensible films with two years to work on them. Still, the thought of who should be the new director should be entertaining. Anyone seen Neill Blomkamp recently?