Michael Bay just couldn’t let the Transformers go. The director had said that Dark of the Moon would be his last outing with Optimus and the gang, but he just couldn’t leave it yet. We know a little bit about the next trilogy which will take the franchise in a new direction. We’ve heard the story about how he got Mark Wahlberg to be a part of it after working on the upcoming Pain and Gain after initially denying the rumor on his website but liking what he had heard enough to make it happen a few days later. In a recent interview with Forbes, the director talked about the upcoming fourth installment.
Bay touched on the “fresh” approach he’ll be taking with the fourth film as well as reiterating why he just couldn’t let it go yet:
We’re going to start off smaller. 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.
Mark is really excited about it and it’s a great redesign. I said that 3 [which grossed $1.1 billion] 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.
Bay also stated that 4 isn’t going to be an out-and-out reboot:
No, that’s wrong. We keep the Transformers the way they were, it’s just four years later. There’s a reason the Transformers are redesigned. We’re trying to broaden the franchise and give it more places to go.
Presumably redesigning “everything from top to bottom” will mean we are getting a different looking group of Transformers. At this early stage, it’s hard to say whether that means upgrades for Optimus, Bumblebee and the crew or a whole fresh set of Transformers coming in. With Wahlberg as our leading man, that means no Shia Labeouf which is a fresh enough direction for me. Bay seems to give us a different little nugget on the film each time he’s interviewed so we might be getting some answers sooner than later. Production starts sometime this year and the film is slated for a June 27, 2014 release. What do you think about Bay’s comments? Any guesses on how he’ll make it “fresh”?
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Source : Forbes via Collider