All right...so PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (the fourth chapter of another blockbuster franchise) did boffo business at the box office, and realistically speaking, that's all the suits care about in the end. I'm not completely naive - everybody knows that's how the industry has to work. But there's no denying the film doesn't hold up on repeat viewings - at least, not for a lot of people. It feels incredibly bored and tired, as if everyone involved was just going through the motions.
I like to believe that won't be the case with TF4. I know Michael agreed to take on TRANSFORMERS again as part of a two-picture deal, but I hope there were other factors that enticed him back as well. I'm only voicing these concerns because I don't think anyone wants TF4 to follow the same route as KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL and ON STRANGER TIDES. (All the more reason why it's a good idea for Michael to shoot P&G first, to prevent creative burnout.)
I guess what I'm saying is, when Michael starts TF4, I hope he'll be just as enthusiastic and dedicated as ever.