Here's what we know: More Transformers movies will come for sure. The CEO of Hasbro announced in February that there would be more to come, and this was before the release of Dark Of The Moon, which seems destined to be one of the biggest films this summer. Since then, the producer, Don Murphy, confirmed that the plan is not to reboot the franchise but to continue, probably with a new trilogy.
Michael Bay will not be back (he seems pretty adamant about it) and Shia LaBeouf does not see how his character can evolve. This, hopefully, puts in question the style of comedy, and the questionable misogyny that the film series has shown us so far, and the removal of one of the actors more "punchable" strip to ever grace the silver screen.
Whatever happens with Transformers 4, I think it's a pretty safe bet that it will involve giant robots fighting other giant robots in some capacity, and hopefully, not a torturous hour-long build up to the action.
Let us then take a look at the possibilities for Transformers 4 ...
Who will drive?
Steven Spielberg: (Producer of "Transformers" director of such classics as "Jaws," "Poltergueist", "Jurassic Park" and "Schindler's List").
Sam Raimi: (Writer and director of "Spider - Man" and "Drag Me To Hell").
Justin Lin: (Director of "Fast and Furious").
Jon Favreau: (Director of "Iron Man").
Joss Whedon: (Director of the series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer")
David Yates: (director of the last four films in the "Harry Potter" saga)
Who will star?
Jason Statham ("The Transporter," "The Expendables")
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: ("Transformers 3")
Zac Efron: ("High School Musical" "17 Again")
Where the story goes?
With so many years of history, from the Generation 1 cartoon by Simon Furman comics and even up to the present with the Transformers Prime Animated Series, it is difficult to avoid drawing the source of some material form. With Megatron "gone", and Starscream is also out of action, where is the next big threat will come?
For me, the Insecticons were among the coolest and scariest robots in comics G1. Bombshell (modeled after a rhinoceros beetle Japanese), was my favorite, with its frightening ability to control the minds of human beings and other Transformers. If you're looking for some antagonists for a movie of Transformers in the future, an invasion of insectoid robots is certainly the way to go.
Time to Travel:
We saw the destruction of major cities so far. There are always new touches, or new dimensions to see them, but there are other ways that we can watch a robot turning a car, drive a little, then turning back and breaking everything. A time travel can offer some possibilities for future writers of Transformers. The Autobots helping the Allied forces in World War II, perhaps, while the Decepticons allied themselves with the Axis? Or maybe giant robots at the time of the English Civil War?
The idea could be tied in a period film, showing ativso Transformers on Earth in the recent past, perhaps. But runs the risk of breaking the continuity. Not that I've ever been a problem before.