Michael Bay Takes Turn at Transformers

The Hollywood trades are reporting that bombastic action director Michael Bay (Armageddon, Pearl Harbor) is attached to helm DreamWorks’ and Paramount’s live-action pic based the classic Transformers toy line and animated series.

Bay recently finished lensing DreamWork’s The Island, in which Ewan McGregor plays a man who discovers that his utopian society is a cover for the harvesting of human beings. That film is due out this summer.

Slated for a Thanksgiving 2006 release Transformers is being exec produced by DreamWorks principal Steven Spielberg, whose update of the classic H.G. Wells sci-fi novel, The War of the Worlds, hits theaters on June 29.

Based on the hugely successful Hasbro toys that changed from vehicles to towering robots, the Transformers animated TV series ran from 1984 through 1987. Produced by Hasbro, Marvel and Toei Doga, the show centered on the battle between good robots led by Optimus Prime and evil ones controlled by Megatron. The latest toon incarnation, Transformers: Energon, airs on the Cartoon Network in the U.S.