Wait, director Michael Bay is now saying Transformers 3 is for July 2012? Didn’t Paramount talk to him before they logged the 2011 release date this week? (Actually, Paramount now says it wasn’t their mistake, and the studio was just using that date as a placeholder.) Here’s what Bay blogs by way of explanation for the mix-up:

“I said I was taking off a year from Transformers. Paramount made a mistake in dating Transformers 3 – they asked me on the phone – I said yes to July 4 – but for 2012 – whoops! Not 2011!!! That would mean I would have to start prep in September. No way. My brain needs a break from fighting robots.”