Release Date Set for 'Transformers 2'
Shia and Michael Bay will be back, but will Megan Fox?
The studios have slated June 29, 2009 for the premiere of "Transformers 2." Although no contracts are signed Variety says that original director Michael Bay is in final negotiations to return and that leading man Shia LaBeouf would probably follow suit.
A disagreement of about hi-def DVD formats initially caused Bay to publicly vow not to direct a "Transformers" sequel, though he recanted almost immediately.
Based on the popular toy and cartoon line, "Transformers" was one of the summer's biggest hits, making almost $700 million worldwide and making the further adventures of the robots in disguise almost inevitable.
In other release date news, 20th Century Fox has moved its Keanu Reeves remake of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" to Dec. 12, 2008 off of an initially planned May 9, 2008 date. Since the film hasn't started shooting, it was unlikely to make that summer opening.