TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Producer Clarifies The ‘Not A Reboot’ Comments
When Micheal Bay announced that he would stay on for a new Transformers trilogy after originally saying that the third movie would be his big finale, it was generally believed that the fourth installment in the franchise would serve as a reboot of sorts. With Shia LaBeouf busy destroying his career and committing numerous acts of plagiarism, Mark Whahlberg will be the new leading man alongside Optimus Prime. Bay and company have since said that Age of Extinction won’t be a reboot, but now the film’s producer clears up the reboot/refresh/continuation confusion once and for all.
Speaking with The Hollywood News about his new film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura was asked what term you would use when talking about the new Transformers if it’s not a reboot. The producer says it really isn’t an out-and-out reboot, but more of a refresh:
It’s definitely not a reboot. It’s an interesting question about what you should call it. On a certain level it’s a continuation of the previous stories, in the fact that it acknowledges what has transpired before it. It acknowledges in the last movie, the destruction of Chicago, it’s actually something that carries through the sort of emotional repercussions of that, not unlike 9/11 has emotional repercussions in the real world. In a fantasy world there are repercussions to what occurred.
That plays into the movie, moving forwards with a totally different human cast, who doesn’t know anything about the other humans, it’s not a reboot, but a continuation, yet you’re continuing with a new cast and group of characters. It was a big decision to do that.
We miss our friends that we did the first three with, and they were great, and they probably could’ve done more. But the advantage of doing it this way is that it feels almost like a first movie. It’s a very different dynamic than I’ve seen in a movie, I’m very curious. I guess Star Wars did that a little bit, but not so close together, the way we’re doing it.’
It sounds like it may be going the G.I. Joe route where everything before the movie happened and counts, but they’re just not going to mention it. Age of Extinction will be unleashed June 27th, so we should be getting a trailer soon. Bay‘s style is to drop a trailer five or sixth months in advance with a lot of fanfare, so it should be upon us shortly. What do you think about the producer’s comments? Are you glad it’s not a full-on reboot?