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Michael Bay On 'Transformers 4': "Will Start Smaller"

The director reveals in a recent interview that the next film in the franchise will have a new cast, be set four years into the future and more.

We all thought that Transformers: Dark of the Moon was to be director Michael Bay's final venture into the franchise that truly solidified his career as a big-budget, action director. In fact, even Bay himself thought that the third film was to be his last. However, after hitting the well over $1 billion dollar mark, the director reconsidered. Bay recently spoke to Forbes about the future of the franchise as well as what fans can expect from the fourth film.

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Back in September it was confirmed that actor Mark Wahlberg would be appearing in the fourth film and that this time around, the movie would be set four years into the future and the robots would look very, very different. Bay's next film titled Pain & Gain will star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Mark Wahlberg and is scheduled to hit theaters on April 26th of this year. Unlike the Transformers films, this next one will have a considerably smaller budget ($25 million) and will be different than the type of movie that Bay is most well known for. So with Pain & Gain expanding the director's horizons, so to speak, what does that mean for Transformers 4?

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According to the director, Transformers 4 will "start off smaller," which already is a huge change to a franchise film that is built on this idea that "bigger is better" and the more explosions, the more entertaining the film. However, although it will be "starting smaller," and will feature Wahlberg, it won't be a reboot.

We’re going to start off smaller. There’s a brand new cast. To freshen the franchise we’ve redesigned everything from top to bottom. The history of the first three movies is still there, we start four years later and there’s a reason why we’re meeting a new cast...Mark is really excited about it and it’s a great redesign. I said that 3 [which grossed $1.1 billion] was going to be my last one. Paramount was letting me do Pain & Gain and the Transformers ride was opening at Universal and it was bittersweet to think of passing it off. I wanted to set it up on a really sure footing and to bring someone else in on that, it would have been overwhelming...No, that’s [reboot] wrong. We keep the Transformers the way they were, it’s just four years later. There’s a reason the Transformers are redesigned. We’re trying to broaden the franchise and give it more places to go.

The success of the first three films, which combined grossed over $1 billion in revenue, might be enough for fans of this franchise to have faith in Bay. Time will tell. Transformer 4 is set to hit theaters on June 27th, 2014.

Source: Forbes

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Posted By Smurfboy

Yes!! The first one and the third one was awesome. The 2nd movie, in my opinion, was okay at best. Very exciting for the 4th one. ;)

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Posted By danhimself

ugggghhhhhh there's only one Transformers movie for me

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Posted By Shark_Repellent_Bat_Spray

Michael Bay: King of crappy films, ruining childhoods and stealing money.

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Posted By sora_thekey

I really dislike Transformers 3... but different cast, different approach. I'm staring to reconsider watching it.

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Posted By Jonny_Anonymous

Set it on Cybertron, have NO humans and throw Bay in front of a Bus

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Posted By neiliusprime

If anything I bet the new redesigns will be similar to the Transformers Prime animated show. I just hope Michael Bay doesn't put emphasis on a relationship drama between the leading male and female role like in the past 3 movies. The only type of humans that should be involved in the plot are the government and the military.

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Posted By Fantasgasmic

I'd probably say something along the lines of:

We all thought that Transformers: Bark at the Moon was to be director Michael Bay's final venture into movies, period. And we would never again have to suffer through his poorly written, jingoistic, scatological, misogynistic, recycled/reused special effects laden, explosion-fests.
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Posted By ALFMutant

''fans of this franchise to have faith in Bay''

''to have faith in Bay''

''faith in Bay''

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Posted By sentryman555

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

Set it on Cybertron, have NO humans and throw Bay in front of a Bus

THIS.

Have a movie where the transformers are REALLY the main characters.

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Edited By wr3h

"Will Start Smaller"

In explosions.

:D

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Posted By inferiorego

This needs to stop, and not because he's "ruining my childhood" (which he's not. my childhood still exists)

He needs to stop because these films are dumb. Somehow, his action sequences literally put me to sleep.

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Posted By lvenger

@inferiorego said:

This needs to stop, and not because he's "ruining my childhood" (which he's not. my childhood still exists)

He needs to stop because these films are dumb. Somehow, his action sequences literally put me to sleep.

He's gonna ruin the Turtles next! I wasn't a Transformer fan so have no views on how Bay's ruined that franchise but if Transformers fans can get mad over what he's done, us Turtle fans won't be pleased with Bay's TMNT film if he scuppers it!

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Posted By Inverno

@ALFMutant said:

''fans of this franchise to have faith in Bay''

''to have faith in Bay''

''faith in Bay''

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Here have my follow.

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Posted By Jonny_Anonymous
@ALFMutant said:

''fans of this franchise to have faith in Bay''

''to have faith in Bay''

''faith in Bay''

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Posted By inferiorego

@Lvenger said:

@inferiorego said:

This needs to stop, and not because he's "ruining my childhood" (which he's not. my childhood still exists)

He needs to stop because these films are dumb. Somehow, his action sequences literally put me to sleep.

He's gonna ruin the Turtles next! I wasn't a Transformer fan so have no views on how Bay's ruined that franchise but if Transformers fans can get mad over what he's done, us Turtle fans won't be pleased with Bay's TMNT film if he scuppers it!

the Turtles were ruined when they made the cartoon.

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Posted By feebadger

@inferiorego said:

This needs to stop, and not because he's "ruining my childhood" (which he's not. my childhood still exists)

He needs to stop because these films are dumb. Somehow, his action sequences literally put me to sleep.

I thought it was just me!!! It's that cold, hard cynical film making he does. I've never seen someone take a scene that should have such a sense of wonder to it and bleed it dry and make it so clinical. It's quite the talent, really :)

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Posted By StMichalofWilson

Alright then

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Posted By Outside_85

Ahh, the Geoff Johns of Movies wants to make a new approach...almost willing to put money on the result being exactly the same.

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Posted By z3ro180

I like the transformers movies but I hate the bits with the humans.If they are starting with a new story and cast why not just reboot it?

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Posted By 2chimcha3

What's the key to making a great transformers movie? Make it about Transformers, JUST the Transformers. I don't want a meaningless human love interest or sexy women. I want lots of Autobots doing what they do best, blowing up Decepticons.

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Posted By Cafeterialoca

So it's going to be 3/4ths of a human character nobody cares about and then the last 1/4 being a confusing mess of a fight like always.

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Posted By AlKusanagi

This one will only have one offensive jive-talking robot rather than the four the script originally called for. The two farting Decepticon sanitation trucks will remain, however.

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Posted By Crash_Recovery

@danhimself: Ah, the rockin' 80s music and robots finally shooting well...

Incidentally, I saw this movie on VHS when I was little and halfway through ended up shocking myself in the bathroom...

...so now I'm conditioned to taste copper whenever I see clips from it.

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Posted By Shortbreadtom

Unless Megatron turns into a gun I will be taking my custom elsewhere, Mr BAY.

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Posted By cmaprice

I don't care about Transformers in general, but these movies were awful. Michael Bay is essentially an oxygen thief. Stop breathing, Michael Bay. It really would be best for everyone.

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Posted By nappystr8

Not that I'm excited for this movie, because Transformers 3 kind of killed off my last bit of love for this franchise, but it would be cool if this is the movie where they introduce Rodimus and Ultra Magnus.

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Posted By Spideycap

Beast Wars...please don't let it be beast wars.

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Posted By JamDamage

I loved them all. They got better as they went on and had a ton of easter eggs.

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Posted By TheBlueAngel93

I'll pass.

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Posted By GR2Blackout

@Shark_Repellent_Bat_Spray said:

Michael Bay: King of crappy films, ruining childhoods and stealing money.

THIS.

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Posted By conradoaccorsi

Transformers was NEVER a good franchise the first and the second were decent (Megan Fox is the reason) but the third was a shit.

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Posted By Imagine_Man15

I'm one of the few who really enjoys the Transformers movies (the first 2 anyway, the 3rd one was mediocre). They aren't intelligent in any way, but they're fun.

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Posted By DJ1107

Still better then Kiss Players & Energon. I'm just not ready for a 4th film not that I think it'll be bad persae. I'm just not ready to hear all the bulls*** from either the 90% of critics who just like to beat on this like comicvine beats on Marvel or the dumbasses screaming "Bay ruined my childhood" when I assure you they've only watch G1 & nothing else.

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Posted By Grey56

@ALFMutant said:

''fans of this franchise to have faith in Bay''

''to have faith in Bay''''faith in Bay''

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Pretty much says it all.

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Posted By Bad_People

He could improve the movies by 1,000,000% just by not giving the robots goofy accents. Wheelie would have been less annoying if he still talked in rhyme than that over-done Brooklyn thing.

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Posted By LeaderVladimir

@Jonny_Anonymous: You do know that without humans, there is no point in making a live-action movie, right?

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Posted By LeaderVladimir

@inferiorego: People complaining that the climax of the first movie was too long. In the second movie, they complained that the climax was too short. Well, what about the third one?

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Posted By Jonny_Anonymous
@LeaderVladimir said:

@Jonny_Anonymous: You do know that without humans, there is no point in making a live-action movie, right?

What? Of course there is.
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Posted By TheHulk

Hulk actually LOVE the TF films. They got Hulk into the franchise as a whole. From cartoons to toys and lots more. That why this branch Hulk's personal favorite branch of Transformers.

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Posted By Jonny_Anonymous

  just make this in to a film

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Posted By Darth Paul
@Jonny_Anonymous said:

  just make this in to a film

Yes, that's exactly how they should look in a movie!
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Posted By sesquipedalophobe

No Tyrese? The movie will surely fail.

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Posted By LaserLambert

Transfourmers? anyone?

the last three 3 sucked, I have no intention of giving them benefit of the doubt.

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Posted By TheHulk

@sesquipedalophobe said:

No Tyrese? The movie will surely fail.

Which one Tyrese again? Hulk sure he was the black guy. Hulk thought he WAS going to be in it.

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Posted By Omega Ray Jay

Never seen any of them, doubt I will see this.

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@TheHulk: It would look pretty bad to have both Tyrese and Mark in the same film, especially since Four Brothers was so terrible. Unless that's the point for the fourth film.

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Posted By ARMIV2

I'm tellin' ya, they ought to be prequels set on Cybertron.

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Posted By DJ1107

@Bad_People:

Ok I don't know what TF series you've been watching but "Goofy accents" have been a staple of Transformers since G1. Jazz's 70's jazz singer voice, Ironhide's southern accent, Wheeljack's brooklyn accent, Blaster's stereotypical DJ accent, Cosmos's scottish accent, Hoist's british accent. etc..

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Posted By Bushwhacker_

No Grimlock? No thanks.

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