In the internet age, it’s very difficult to keep anything under wraps, and Hollywood is always terrified of leaks.
Trying to pull a script back from cyberspace is hard enough, but if a big blockbuster movie ever leaks, it could end up causing the big Napster style free-for-all that helped destroy the music business.
So now there’s been reports of a Transformers 4 screenplay leak, and as usual, Michael Bay is one the defensive. Also as usual with Bay, one minute it’s one thing, the next it’s another. Maybe this is intentional, because a lot of times in Hollywood even when legitimate news leaks among the geeks, the biz will strenuously deny it to try and not to spoil it for everybody, as well as try to exercise damage control if the movie’s going to tank.
Now you may recall a similar situation happened with the proposed reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which Bay is producing. A screenplay that may or may not be legit leaked, sparking quite a sh*tstorm on the net. So on day one of this current geek crisis, Bay hit the net and said reports of a leaked script were “WRONG!”
As Entertainment Weekly reports, Bay went on to say, "Some internet sites reported that some document recovery guy has found a legitimate 120 page script of Transformers 4. I absolutely 100 percent say this is completely false. The only two people in the world that have our unfinished script are [screenwriter Ehren] Kruger and myself. Also we are only up to page 70 in our T4 script. Maybe this guy has a cartoon or something else – but definitely not our movie!"
Then, as ScienceFiction.com tells us, later the same day Bay added, "I bet it is something from Hasbro. This time they are not doing a comic book of the movies because we want to keep our story under wraps. It must be their version of a comic themed Transformers story they are creating." So with that, net speculation went around it could be "better suited for animation or a comic book arc," as IGN
Fans of Transformers may recall that Bay repeatedly claimed he was done with the series, then it was announced he would indeed back for #4. Bay finally got the chance to make the smaller, darker movie he’s always wanted to do, Pain and Gain, which stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, and maybe he agreed to make Transformers 4 for Paramount in exchange, considering how much he claimed he didn’t want to return. Wahlberg is also slated to star in Transformers 4, which was also similarly denied, and T4 is reportedly going to start production next spring for a June 27, 2014 release.