Michael Bay actually using the words “we’ll start off smaller” is a shock in itself, but the director claims that Transformers 4 will do just that. While he has made it very clear that his fourth film is NOT a reboot, it sounds like Bay has plans to sort of re-invent his franchise with new actors and a fresh new approach. The fact that Transformers 4 takes place some 3-4 years after the events on The Dark of the Moon, will allow Bay the opportunity to fix some of the continuing errors with his franchise.
In an interview with Forbes Magazine in the build up to Super Bowl Sunday, Bay shared his plans for the next film:
“We’re going to start off smaller,” explains Bay. “There’s a brand new cast. To freshen the franchise we’ve redesigned everything from top to bottom. The history of the first three movies is still there, we start four years later and there’s a reason why we’re meeting a new cast”
The words “going to start off smaller” just don’t seem to fit a Michael Bay film, but if he can hold back and make the film a little more controlled without loosing its way (as the (previous films have done) then I am interested in seeing what he can come up with. For starters, casting Mark Wahlberg in the lead is a very smart decision. Bay continued:
“Mark [Wahlberg] is really excited about it and it’s a great redesign,” continues the director. “I said that 3 was going to be my last one. Paramount was letting me do Pain & Gain and the Transformers ride was opening at Universal and it was bittersweet to think of passing it off. I wanted to set it up on a really sure footing and to bring someone else in on that, it would have been overwhelming.”
Finally, Bay gives a mixed message about the new robots, will they be different or not?:
“We keep the Transformers the way they were, it’s just four years later,” he says. “There’s a reason the Transformers are redesigned. We’re trying to broaden the franchise and give it more places to go.”
Transformers 4 has a planned release date of 27th June 2014.
(Source: Forbes Magazine)