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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