Here's what Bay said on his own message boards (after previously saying that he'd like to take a year off from big giant robot wars): "I said I was taking off a year from Transformers. Paramount made a mistake in dating Transformers 3 - they asked me on the phone - I said yes to July 4 - 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."
So if the studio really wants Michael Bay to direct the third Transformers film (and why wouldn't they -- he might not be the best director, but in my opinion he's the best director for this particular property), then they're going to have to push it to summer 2012. Will they push, or will they hire someone else? Is it that important to have Transformers 3 in 2011? Or will Paramount hold onto the date and switch out Transformers for something else?
What do you think: Would you want another director handling Transformers? If so, who?