First we had a nice little fake Transformers 4 promo poster. But it was interesting timing because the LA Times chatted up Michael Bay recently at his Transformers ride at Universal Studios Hollywood and the new movie came up.
On talking about Transformers 4, Bay was setting some details out there about his upcoming new Autobots movie.
He wanted to clarify that TF4 is not movie to use the word reboot on. Rather, he’s seeing it as a continuation of the story that has been put forth in his first three Transformers movies.
As he put it, “people will think we’re doing a ‘Spider-Man’ and starting from the beginning. We’re not.”
Bay is taking the story in a new and different direction and possibly, the story could head off into space without getting too sci-fi’ish. Um, if that makes sense.
Actually, I think he means that keeping the bots Earth-bound makes them more easily related to. If they go off to space somewhere, fans may not care as much.
He’ll also be rotating out cast and getting new actors. And the bots may be getting some redesigns. (Which I’m sure Hasbro would love to market.)
But that’s his own conjecture since Ehren Kruger is still cranking out a draft of the script.
And he’s going to be making this movie, on a slightly smaller budget than the last movie… if that’s possible.
And YES, Transformers 4 will be his last film of the franchise. (But he has said that while working on the last two movies!)
What I wonder is if the cast that fans have gotten used to are gone, will the fans of the franchise still embrace the new movie? And if the is looking to redesign the bots, could he be leaning in the direction that the animated series, Transformers Prime has taken? It does grow on you. (Yes, I had to check it out)