Transformers 4 round-up

News Simon Brew 17 Oct 2012 - 06:52

New lead characters, no Hugo Weaving? Here's our round up of the latest on Michael Bay's Transformers 4...

Director Michael Bay is nearly done on his latest film, Pain And Gain, and that'll then leave him free to get moving on Transformers 4, which is due in cinemas in the summer of 2014.

So far, we know that the idea is for the new film to go off in a slightly different direction, with new leads, and new Transformers. It's reportedly still going to be tied in some way to the narrative of the first three films, but we won't find out how until nearer the time.

With Shia LaBeouf not headlining the movie, it does beg the question as to who the lead characters will be this time around. Over at SpoilerTV, the first rumour surrounding this has popped up. It reckons that the new female lead in Transformers 4 will be "a high school senior", with the male lead being "her boyfriend, a Texas racing driver". Make of that what you will.

Meanwhile, Hugo Weaving has given an interview where he seems to have ruled out returning for another film. Weaving had been the voice of Megatron, but according to Collider, he's unlikely to return. Not that he enjoyed it in the first place. Declaring his Transformers work "a two hour job", Weaving admitted that "it was one of the only things I’ve ever done where I had no knowledge of it, I didn’t care about it, I didn’t think about it.  They wanted me to do it.  In one way, I regret that bit.  I don’t regret doing it, but I very rarely do something if it’s meaningless". Weaving also revealed that he'd never met Michael Bay, and that the director hasn't been in touch about the new film.

Bay did talk to Entertainment Tonight a week or two ago, though, revealing that Transformers 4 will "open the franchise up" for future films, and that it would introduce mainly new characters.

More on the film as we get it...


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God i hope this film is good. I'd prefer no human characters or if they have to be in it then they should just be minor parts instead of the focus!!

Personally i think Hasbro should start releasing some straight to DVD sequels to the G1 animated movie. Never going to happen i know but i'd prefer to see that than a Transformers 4

I'd love to see a G1 sequel that or some sort of parallel universe story where all the different series meet up. That'd be awesome!
As for T4, i can't say i am overly excited for it. The unevenness of the franchise and the focus on too much Human rubbish, especially in the 3rd film, has soured me on the film franchise.

Crying onto my keyboard!! Oh god why! Was hoping it may be a full blown CGI movie set on Cybertron. Cant blame Hugo for the way he feels as Bay totaly lacks the ability to give any of the transformers a shred of personality. Megatron just goes from one arse kicking to another. Abandon all hope ye who enter here.

Such a shame the direction these films have taken. I would have loved to have seen the whole 'crashing in prehistoric times' story with them all being woken up by an eruption in the modern day and then the subsequent attempt to collect as much energon as possible to get off the planet and back home... with the occasional help from Spike & Buster.

A high school senior, with a Texas racing driver boyfriend?

Yeah... i'll pass thanks.

Weaving's job on that film was shorter than the actual film.

Shattered Glass would be good, Evil Prime !

Who cares? The last film sent me to sleep, and that was during Bays final overblown action sequence...

Hugo, DON'T do it! Matrix 2&3 were bad, really bad but V for Vendetta was good! Don't do a Bayformers movie! It will end your career!

Although I'm quite happy for those who enjoy these films, (and there must be some somewhere, although I've never met any), my only reason for looking forward to the release of the 4th one is to hear Mark Kermode (someone who apparently *doesn't* enjoy them) give his typically acerbic reaction. His 'Dark of the Moon' review is a work of art, and comparing the film to the last days of Rome is entirely justified in my view.

Yeah...I'll pass thanks. :-)

Transformers 1 was great but 2 and 3 were god-awful. I know it's just a money-spinner for toys now but still, they could at least have made it watchable for us 80s kids.

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