Since the Transformers sequel is currently in limbo due to an impending Hollywood strike, it seems director Michael Bay is searching for a film to jump on soon-ish, this way the big-budgeted machine can have another giant flick in theaters for the summer of 2008. And according to Sci-Fi Wire, that film could be 2012: The War for the Souls, based on the book by Whitley Strieber. When Strieber was asked recently if Bay (who's already producing the film) was interested in directing 2012, he said: "I don't know if he will direct it for sure, but I know he is interested in directing it. Michael Bay's company did buy the rights to 2012, though, and he will at least produce it."

It would seem fitting for Bay to direct since apparently Transformers screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have hopped onboard to produce and adapt the script. They could promote it as: "From the guys who brought you Transformers ....", simply open the doors and watch the masses pile in. Strieber, who also co-wrote the book that later became the film version of The Day After Tomorrow, talks about the so-called doomsday prophecy in this new book; how Nostradamus and the Mayan calendar predicted 2012 as the beginning of the End of Days. The book centers on a door to a parallel Earth that opens on December 21, 2012. Warner Bros. is scheduled to release the film at some point during the summer of 2008, and, if you ask me, I have a feeling Michael Bay will jump all over the thing. As always, we'll keep you updated ...