by Jim Vejvoda
Although the studios say it's not an official announcement, Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks have reportedly scheduled a July 1, 2011 release date for Transformers 3.
Variety reports that studio reps "weren't immediately available to confirm whether Michael Bay and stars Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox are set to return for the third installment in the franchise, which has fast claimed the July 4th holiday as its own."
There's no direct competition yet for that release date, with the Marvel-Paramount release Thor now shifting dates again from June 16, 2011 to May 20, 2011.
The trade adds that no screenwriter has been hired yet to script Transformers 3.
The second installment, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, opens June 24.