Saw another thread and it moved me to post, after some careful thought. How many of have you even read the script in its entirety? Because really, it’s not that bad, or at least no worse than anything that came before it… However one thing that I’ve found is that there have been some serious misrepresentations of said screenplay. To me this whole story reads like the TMNT script leak all over again. In the case of TMNT, a script leaked, and in that case, Michael Bay said it was fake. Then the screenplay began to get passed around, and reached critical mass, because it was so god-awful. It got to a point where Bay had to acquiesce and admit the screenplay was real, but a very early draft that he was no longer associated with, which then caused further uproar because it meant that the writers were actually going down the horrible path that had been leaked. Then the studio went into damage control and sent cease and desist orders to all web sites publishing it. So we have a script leak for Transformers 4. Bay once again says it’s fake. Then he says it’s a script to a Hasbro production, and the leaked script disappears. Those of us who got it in the early hours of the story held onto it, but no website is actually publishing it anymore. I think they went into damage control early on, and Bay’s “Hasbro script” remark is not unlike his “it was a very early draft that I’m no longer associated with” remark on TMNT. It’s a much more vague assertion that gives him wiggle room, essentially saying, yeah this is an early draft, we’re re-writing it now, we’re on page 70, but don’t be surprised if a few threads of this show up in the final draft. That way he avoids all the uproar he caused by admitting the legitimacy of the early TMNT script, and leaves people scratching their heads… What does that mean? The other item that lends legitimacy, is the sheer number of sites that reported on it, generally speaking fan fiction doesn’t get reported on by Entertainment Weekly, and just about every other major media outlet. The sheer number of Google hits is crazy, for fan fiction? Yeah I don’t think so. Though admittedly because the script disappeared so fast, a lot of sites just got the story plain WRONG, which made it sound absurd.