Transformers 4 will not be a reboot and will have less Earth

Michael Bay has mentioned before that the next Transformers movie will be a reboot. It looks like he has turned back on his words. In a recent interview with LA Times’ Hero Complex, he said that it will continue on with the story.

“It’s not a reboot, that’s maybe the wrong word,” Bay said. “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.”

I think a good new direction would be to have someone direct instead of Michael Bay. What about that guy that directed Rise of the Planet of the Apes? Word on the street is that he knows how to make audiences care for a CG character.

At least he’s planning on having a new cast.

“It’s a new cast,” Bay said. “We’ve moving on to something different.”

So if you were tired of the Witwicky family and their hijinks, this should be slightly better news. Unless he replaces them with another family with more pot and masturbating humor.

The Autobots might have more screen time, since Bay replied to a question about whether we’ll see a “departure of Earth.”

“I think so, yeah, a little,” he said. “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.”

Grounded? In a Transformers movie where giant fucking robots transform into cars and jets? Sure, buddy.

As for the budget, Bay said that it will actually cost less than the previous films.

“It’s going to be less, actually,” the director says. “Our mandate is to cut about $30 million.”

Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon’s budget was $195M budget. So we’ll probably be seeing something along the lines of $165 million. Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen’s budget was $200 million and Transformers 1 was $150 million. I guess since it’ll take place away from Earth, there would be less of Earth to destroy, and therefore, less set pieces to blow up.

Transformers 4 is expected to hit theaters June 27, 2014.

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