Michael Bay talks about his Transformers 4 epiphany

News Ryan Lambie 25 Sep 2012 - 07:01

Director Michael Bay’s returning to direct Transformers 4, and he’s been talking about why he took it on, and what we can expect...

For every dollar Transformers: Dark Of The Moon made at the box office, someone on the internet made a snarky comment either about Michael Bay, the acting abilities of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, or the relative merits of the movie itself, which saw a massive metal space prawn attack Chicago.

Whatever you thought about the 2011 franchise entry, there’s no denying it was a success. This might explain why Michael Bay’s coming back to direct a fourth film, even though he said the third one would be his last (in fact, he said he wasn’t going to make a third Transformers movie after 2009’s Revenge Of The Fallen, but we’ll gloss over that).

While talking to The Huffington Post about his movies, including his forthcoming passion project, the bodybuilding heist movie Pain & Gain, Bay also mentioned Transformers 4. His decision to make the fourth Transformers was, he revealed, the result of an epiphany he had in the wake of a transforming robot-themed ride at Universal Studios.

“I thought I was done, then the ride came out. And then you’re thinking, Oh my God, someone’s going to take this over,” Bay said. “And you start doing a lot of soul-searching. The studio says they want to restart the franchise, and someone could come in here and screw it up, you know?”

Bay therefore made the decision to stay on as the custodian of the Transformers franchise, and hopes to steer it towards a secure long-term future - which might never have happened had it fallen into the hands of a hack director.

As you may already know, Transformers 4 will serve as a reboot of sorts, and will introduce a new range of robots as approved by Hasbro, who were unhappy with the toy sales following Dark Of The Moon. But while it’s said that the next film will be made without the involvement of the previous picture’s stars, neither will it pretend that the events of the earlier movies didn’t take place. 

“We’re basically taking the history of where it was,” Bay revealed, “or where we left it in Chicago. And we’re going to carry it on from there.”

Transformers 4, then, will begin in the shattered husk of Chicago city, where a fresh roster of Autobots will do battle with a new army of evil Decepticons. We’ll also be introduced to a new group of human characters too, though exactly who will play them has yet to be announced. We just hope those giant space prawns make at least a cameo appearance.

More Transformers 4 news as it comes in.

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"The studio says they want to restart the franchise, and someone could come in here and screw it up, you know?" Even me- who didn't hate Transformers 3- has to look at this quote with a fair bit of irony :)

Hahahaha I was going to post the exact same thing as Oli, but he beat me to it! He's stuck with the franchise to stop someone screwing it up, bwahahahaha!!

"...someone could come in here and screw it up..." Yeah, that's epic irony. Okay, I'll say this: As long as they re-design the actual Transformers so that they look like Transformers and not metal puke, one indistinguishable from the other, then I'll get behind it. IMHO, that means no 'shredded metal', no exposed parts, and LOTS more coloured plating, the way it is in every cartoon ever. Deal, MB?

"and someone could come in here and screw it up, you know?” Hahaha.

There is so much to fear from him sticking with it through a reboot. It just means the next director will have to reboot the reboot hopefully!

Yeah I even had to bite my lip on that one.

Why can't he just admit that he's a money grubber?

Do you Know that Bay got paid $145 million , yes that's right $145 for doing the last one. Because he gets a share of both box office and the toys. It's true look it up on Forbes Website. That's why he's coming back. Did Warner Bros give that to Chris Nolan? No way! I'm sure Nolan got paid well but know where near as much as Bay. Bearing in Mind Nolan has made 5 or so films for them and they were all well made films. Bay hasn't made a great movie since the The Rock . They should have hired Neill Blomkamp. He's cheaper and he would have made a better film. Brad Bird would be great to, although would hire Bird to do the Justice League.

“I thought I was done, then the ride came out. And then you’re thinking, Oh my God, someone’s going to take this over ... And you start doing a lot of soul-searching. The studio says they want to restart the franchise, and someone could come in here and screw it up, you know?"

Funniest quote.
Ever.

"someone could come in here and screw it up, you know?"

He's mocking us all..

hahhahahahhahahaha, nice one strawbear

kin-A to blomkamp, that would be awesome!!!

i love these comments, so nice to know i'm not by myself here :)

"Someone could come in here and screw it up..."

Good Lord, what a pretentious little bastard he is..!

Can you really make an article out of the question 'Why has Michael Bay returned for T4?'.

There is only one answer... money.

He made one ok-ish film, then 2 awful sequels, and he doesnt care that they were bad as they paid for his retirement.

Am understanding it right:

There will ne no Optimus Prime or Bumblebee in T4?

"Bay therefore made the decision to stay on as the custodian of the Transformers
franchise, and hopes to steer it towards a secure long-term future -
which might never have happened had it fallen into the hands of a hack
director."

Forget the quotes, there is so much irony in this article i'm surprised it hasn't started rusting.

What really bothers me is the decision to change the characters for no other reason than to help Hasbro sell more toys. I managed to persuade myself to give Transformers 3 a try, but if this film exists solely for marketing purposes, it really doesn't deserve my attention.

the internet "where everyone's opinion is the same"

Was I the only person with enough spatial function in their brain to know exactly which transformers were which? It was not that freaking hard. Better than the physics defying mass shifting bullshit of the originals. There. I said it. G1 designs were stupid.

love the transformer films, should make transformers more succesful than james bond films, i love them hope more are made

There was an ad for Citroen a little while back where the car transformed in the same way as the toys / cartoon characters did. That looked much, much better in my opinion.

There are a whole load of other characters that could easily be introduced though; Hot Rod, Cup, Ultra Magnus. It wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing.

There is no irony there american.

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