"Transformers 3" director corrects release date

The premiere of "Transformers" is held at the Mann's Village theatre in Los Angeles June 27, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - There will be a “Transformers 3,” but its release date is turning out to be less than certain.

On Monday, Paramount Pictures scheduled the DreamWorks-produced “Transformers 3” for July 1, 2011, even while acknowledging that no cast had yet been hired. On Tuesday, director Michael Bay took issue with the date.

“Paramount made a mistake,” Bay wrote on his blog. “They asked me on the phone, (and) I said yes to July 4 (weekend) -- 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.”

A first sequel -- “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” -- is set for wide release June 24, with Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox reprising their starring roles from the 2007 original.