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Jun 16, 2016 | 23:03 PM EDT

Mark Wahlberg Confirms Michael Bay's Return In 'Transformers 5' Movie! 'G.I. Joe' Crossover Possible In Sequel?

There have been rumors suggesting that Michael Bay will pass on the baton of directing the upcoming "Transformers 5."

Venture Capital Post previously claimed that the highly acclaimed director-producer has decided to step down and leave the franchise, however Mark Wahlberg said otherwise.

According to the franchise star, Bay is still going to helm the fifth installment to the alien robot-themed movie series.

The 44-year-old actor-producer shared the movie's progress in an interview with Collider.

"I don't," he answered when asked about his knowledge about "Transformers 5."
"Just that Akiva [Goldsman] and those guys are starting to write and break stories, and stuff like that. But [Michael] Bay is in Malta shooting Benghazi, and I'm in New Orleans shooting Deepwater. We'll get together when he gets back."

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The actor added that definitely thinks that Michael Bay is still on board despite rumors claiming otherwise.

Executive producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura told Screen Rant that while the film will be delayed until 2017, Bay is most definitely still working on the "Transformers 5" movie.

"I think it's one of those classic things where somebody reported that and suddenly it became our plan," he said of Bay allegedly handing over the directorial responsibilities to someone else.

"We have never discussed the idea of how to hand it off, honestly. It's not like we don't think, well what happens if Michael doesn't do it, of course you do. But we want to keep Michael on this, so we're not spending any time worrying about who could come in. We're trying to figure out how to keep him going and keep him excited."

Meanwhile, "Transformers 5" will reportedly feature a "G.I. Joe" crossover.

Bonaventura, who acknowledged the idea was also quick to dismiss rumors of the crossover.

"I don't think they run out of stories yet," Bonaventura told Games Radar. "I think later on that's a possibility but I don't think in the near future at all. It's not something we talked about either. You know, there's a lot more story to be told in both cases."

"I think if in some moment we all think, 'You know what, it's time to bring the two of them together' then we'll do that, but I think they're strong enough to exist on their own," he added.

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