Like it or not, Michael Bay is getting set to head into pre-production work for Transformers 4 this summer. He spoke to the L.A. Times about the film while promoting the Transformers ride at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Among the new bits of info learned from the interview include the film partially taking place in space and for about $30 million less than Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The budget on that film was just under $200 million.
"I don't want to go too sci-fi. I still want to keep it grounded. That's what works in these movies, that's what makes them accessible."
We already know that the fourth film will feature an entirely new cast, but Bay said that it shouldn't be considered a reboot.
"It's not a reboot, that's maybe the wrong word. I don't want to say reboot because then people will think we're doing a Spider-Man and starting from the beginning. We're not. We're taking the story that you've seen – the story we've told in the three movies already – and we're taking it in a new direction. But we're leaving those three as the history. It all still counts."
Bay reiterated that this would be his final Transformers movie.
"Here's the thing, it's tough to find someone who's done these kind of movies and to have the complication of creating the new stuff that needs to be in this movie – not just the characters but a new type of action, I hope – and that's a lot for someone new to bite off. And so after this one I will leave it in the best hands possible. That's the plan."
Of course, Bay said the third film would be his final film and before that, stated he would be done after the second film. He says he came back for Revenge of the Fallen because the final product was "kind of a mess" following the writer's strike. He said pride brought him back with something to prove. This time, he returned partly because "so many people rely on the franchise as an economic engine now that he felt walking away would have been like shutting down a town factory." That, and a $75 million paycheck plus royalties were awaiting him.
Transformers 4 will be released in June2014. Are you looking forward to another Transformers movie?
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I cannot wait to see the NEWEST in the "TRANSFORMER4" movie of 2012. I love the one's in the PAST, so I doubt if this one will DISAPPOINT? I CANNOT WAIT!!!
I would absolutely love to see what ILM could do with Unicron... Transformers 4 is in space and Unicron is a transforming planet. DO IT!
I absolutely praise Michael Bay for bringing my childhood cartoon series to real life. Yes! You were the only one who brought the character & description of the Autobots & Decepticons to Real Life. There would be no other creator who can fulfill this type of masterpiece. Yes! Give me more Transformers Movies, I can't wait to see what would be next in the movie series...
Michael Bay, stop making movies. They're all terrible.
Story..LOL it gets more and more convoluted.. NO MORE TRANSFORMERS!!!
I say Yeesssssssssss, and I would love for Micheal Bay to continue with Transformers franchise.
very happy with there being a 4th. would love a whole 2nd trilogy, but instead of michael bay, dont get me wrong he dose action awsomely, id like to see j.j.abrams helm 5 and 6 if they are to be. he knows how to tell a story.
Love the franchise! NOT happy that there will be a new cast. Should have at least Josh Duhamel, Shia LeBeouf, and John Turturro.
ABSOLUTELY. ABSOLUTELY. F*k the haters.
Can't wait. I love the Transformers franshise.
A big hearty yeeeessss!!!!! TRANSFORMERS are my heart/absolutely love the Autobots and Decepticons: And love how the film Directer Michael Bay brought our much beloved robots (heroic & devilous) to the big scene, their spectacular Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, etc.,. Very much look forward to the evolving storyline that takes place in Space & Earth bound too. The TRANSFORMERS have a mighty storie(s) yet to be revealed...'cant' wait!
Yeeessss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want a fourth, fifth sixth... from him!! TANT too... horror... whatever he wants to do, but please keep coming back and doin more transformers, youre the only one who knows how to do them right!!!! Cant wait for tant, don't care if theyre mutants or aliens, bfd
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