'Transformers' director says he's talking to Wahlberg about 'another film project'

Director Michael Bay has responded to a report claiming that Mark Wahlberg could topline Transformers 4.

Yesterday (October 23), it was reported by Twitch that Wahlberg was “having early conversations” with Bay about starring in the sequel. The pair recently finished working together on an action comedy called Pain & Gain, which is due for release early next year (2013).

Bay has now taken to his personal website to clarify the situation. He posted: “The Mark Wahlberg T4 rumor is just a rumor. Mark and I are talking about another film project.”

Transformers 4 will be the first without Shia LaBeouf, who has declined to reprise his role as franchise hero Sam Witwicky. Last month (September 4), it was revealed that the sequel will introduce a new cast of robot characters in a bid to boost toy sales.

T4 does not have an official title yet, but it is scheduled for release in June 2014. Speaking this June (2012), Bay hinted that the sequel will take Transformers in a “new direction”, and suggested that it could involve a departure from planet Earth. He said at the time: “I want to go a little off but I don’t want to go too sci-fi. I still want to keep it grounded.”

Bay, who directed all three previous Transformers films, has said that this sequel will be his last. The existing trilogy has grossed a collective $2.6 billion (£1.7 billion) at the box office worldwide.