Next week, Michael Bay will begin pre-production on Transformers 4, the final Transformers film that he will be directed before handing the franchise off to someone else. Bay recently spoke to the Los Angeles Times about the upcoming highly unnecessary film, discussing whether or not the film will be a reboot, how it will be at least partially set in space, with be more grounded and accessible, and will be shot on a cheaper budget.
First off, the reboot rumors. Despite the fact that the film will feature a new cast, Bay was careful to note that Transformers 4 will not be a reboot of the franchise; rather, the movie will be an extension of the universe featured in the first three films, because, you know, continuity is something Transformers fans will be demanding:
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 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. I met with the writer before I went off to do ‘Pain and Gain’ and we talked about a bunch of ideas. We let that simmer for a bit. He’s been thinking about stuff and now we’re getting back together next week to see what we’ve got and to see if it gels.
He also noted that the film will take place at least partially in space, but don’t worry, you guys—despite being a film about robot cars who punch each other in space, it will be totally based in reality:
I think so, yeah, a little. That feels like the way to go, doesn’t it? I want to go a little off but 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 it accessible.
He also noted the film will be $30 million cheaper than the last film, which was budgeted at $195 million. So it will be a deeply personal and grounded $165 million production about punching robots in space. Whew. Good to know.
Transformers 4 is set for a June 2014 release.
Will you be seeing Transformers 4?