DreamWorks President of Production Adam Goodman made only a two sentence update on TF4 but it was enough to shed some light on two of the more important aspects of the movie - Story and Male Lead.
Honestly I'm happy that we'll get a fresh cast and I was really hoping that they would change the writer too. After all that's the easiest way if you want to go in a different direction. And don't get me wrong I love Shia (his performance in the 2007 movie was outstanding) and Ehren, just wanted to see a different take on the story.THR: Is making Transformers 4 without Shia LaBeouf risky? Is he out?
Goodman: The story is going in a different direction now. Ehren Kruger [who wrote the past two Transformers movies] is writing it for us, and we're starting to engage, but I can't say anything more.