Michael Bay in talks for fourth Transformers movie

Brian Goldner CEO of Hasbro has said the toy giant is in active discussions with studio partner Paramount about the fourth instalment in the Transformers film series.

Goldner said that Hasbro and Paramount are talking to directors Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg about returning to the franchise.

Bay and Shia LaBeouf have said the trilogy finale Dark of the Moon would be the last film in the series for both of them.

Shia LaBeouf told MTV “I’m not coming back to do another one. I don’t think Mike [Bay] will either.”

But Bay has gone back on his word before (slagging off 3D, then deciding it's brilliant, resolutely stating he won't do Transformers 3 and so on) so there's every chance he'll be back.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon was met with astonishing box-office results on release - especially considering the reviews - so we can see why Hasbro would want Bay back.

Whatever happens, it is clear we haven't heard the last from Optimus Prime and his metal mates.