Since being confirmed earlier this year, Transformers 4 is well on its way to beginning filming. Michael Bay is returning as director, Mark Wahlberg has been secured as a one of the stars and now a new release date.
Originally scheduled for June 27, 2014, Bay said in an interview with TMZ that the film has been bumped back to July 4, 2014, which would coincide with the "four" theme of the film.
Bay also addressed why he decided to re-team with Wahlberg (they just wrapped on Pain and Gain) and cleared up rumors that the actor was playing an older Sam Witwicky.
"You saw the whole Internet rumor that he was on. And that wasn’t really true. And we were in the inception part of the story. And just talking with Steven Spielberg. And that was a great way to really take this franchise in a different direction. We’re doing a lot of things that are going to really make it feel fresh and new. And he’s an actor, he has accomplished, he’s an Academy Award Nominee and I love working with him and he’s got a great sense of comedy and great pathos. He’s a guy who can handle great action. And he never had a huge franchise. So this is something that really appealed to him. He said 'I really want to show a movie to my kids.' You know? It kinda happened."
Bay also revealed a bit about the storyline for the fourth film, which we had learned earlier this year would take place following the events in Chicago in the third film.
"The movie will continue four years from the Attack on Chicago; which is in the last movie. So it’s going to still have the same lineage. And it’s going a full new direction and feels very natural how it’s going in that direction, there is no way you’re going to ever find out what the story is because you would have to dig through my trash but I shredded my trash…Pentagon level encryption on our computers. So good luck to ya!"
Bay also talked about Shia LaBeouf's comments from last when the former Transformers actor said, "I was seventeen when I met Michael, and I'm sort of Michael Bay-raised. I've learned a great deal from Michael, as a person, as an actor, as a person on set. And it's not that I don't enjoy working with Michael. I love working with Michael. I would do any movie Michael wants to do. I just don't think there's anywhere to take it with Sam."
Bay responded saying, "Fame is very hard on young people. I kinda helped raise Shia for three movies, and it's really tough. Fame is a very rough thing and Shia's a great, great guy and a great actor, and I have nothing but respect for Shia. What he's saying is, he wants to be taken seriously. And sometimes when you're in a blockbuster, people don't take you seriously, I think that's what he's saying. He's going through his more smaller movie stage."
There is sure to be more developments as Transformers rolls on toward filming and its eventual release, including which eye-candy supermodel Bay will cast and who will round out the supporting cast. For now, do you like the direction Transformers 4 is going?