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Update: Michael Bay Signs On To Direct 'Transformers 4'

According to the film's producer, 'Transformers 4' will have Michael Bay on board, may feature new cast.

We hope you haven't had your fill of big budget explosions because according to G.I. Joe: Retaliation producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura there will in fact be a fourth Transformers film and it is currently slated for a Summer 2014 release. Yes, your dreams of getting more Optimus Prime and Bumble Bee screen time has been granted. Up until just a few hours ago, however, one very important piece of the Transformers pie had been missing and rumors that the trilogy's director may not be returning for the fourth film were circling -- until now. According to the latest report, director Michael Bay will be directing the fourth Transformers film.

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In a recent interview during a Hasbro event for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Di Bonaventura stated that a fourth Transformers film would be headed our way with or without director Michael Bay, but in a release soon afterward it was revealed that the director would indeed be returning to the franchise. The film's director wasn't the only thing being questioned, however. According to the Transformers producer there might be a few more shake-ups being made to the film's cast, too.

Michael had a debate because he sort of felt at first that he'd done three. Michael and I are both the same in that we always like to top ourselves. That doesn't necessarily mean bigger. It can be bigger in places, it just means different, but we're going to push really hard as fresh and new as we can be...[but] Michael's going to direct and it'll be in the summer of 2014...Again, we're going to try to do a hybrid there where there will be some characters that come forward--we think, we're still in the process of figuring it out--and some characters that don't, but it will definitely be a different story.

Based on a report from Deadline, the fourth film in the Transformers franchise will hit theaters on July 29th, 2014, it won't be shot back-to-back with a fifth film and it will also be a complete reboot of the franchise.

Again, it's a hybrid because it's a funny thing. I'm not involved with 'Spider-Man,' but what I perceive 'Spider-Man' to be is just a redoing of the whole thing. ['Transformers 4' is] not. It's an evolution. There's still continuity that's going on, yet there will be a lot of new cast," he said. "Whether there's anybody from the first cast, we don't even know yet. The trust is it's going to be a whole new story. The characters that would certainly come along are Optimus and Bumblebee, I'm sure."

So how about they just get rid of all the humans (that includes you, Shia) and make a Transformers movie featuring nothing but -- wait for it -- alien robots. That sounds like the kind of movie that fans of the original cartoon series definitely wouldn't mind seeing. Who knows? Maybe Di Bonaventura will kill off Shia LeBeouf just like he'll (allegedly) kill Channing Tatum in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. What do you think? If you were in charge of the Transformers franchise, what would you change?

Source: Hitfix and Coming Soon

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Posted By KRYPTON

The last one was really cool, especially with the robot action!!

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Posted By Misterwizz

Channing Tatum is in G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

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Posted By Acharya77

*throws his arms up* I'm done!

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Posted By wowylied

I really hope that this one will be different.

The 3 movie were boring like hell. It was only "explosion" and this bad actor that is shia labeouf. And seriously i am still searching where the 3d is hiding in the third movie.

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Posted By Jonny_Anonymous
@Death Certificate said:

@spiderbat87 said:

@Death Certificate said:

@spiderbat87: Well megatron and starcream are dead.

Yea but there is plenty more bad guys in the Transformers Universe. For instance Unicron and his harbinger Galvatron also good guys like Rodimus Prime and Ultra Magnus should be introduced

True, but with megatron dead, how would galvatron be introduced? Unicron? not sure if bay could handle a planet sized robot. Rodimus Prime and Ultra Magnus would be good if it meant that Optimus Prime stays dead in the fourth movie.

Galvatron was created by Unicron using the remains of a dead Megatron. I REALLY wish Bay hadn't signed on for the next film but if there is one thing he's good at it's affects  
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Posted By notarandomguy

@Owie said:

No humans and no Michael Bey would be a Transformers movie that might actually be worth seeing.

Mike made a great mvie out of the crap they had for the third movie, when you read the script (my friend and I did) you'll be like ''WHAT IS THIS SHIT???'' but when you see the movie you are like, ''this was okay, needs megan fox to be better'', I think none will be as good as the first

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Posted By notarandomguy

@spiderbat87 said:

@Death Certificate said:

@spiderbat87: Well megatron and starcream are dead.

Yea but there is plenty more bad guys in the Transformers Universe. For instance Unicron and his harbinger Galvatron also good guys like Rodimus Prime and Ultra Magnus should be introduced

OH I FORGOT ABOUT THOSE GUYS !!! Unicron and Rodimus are totally awesome *---*, I don't remember well Ultra Magnus .-. and I have a personal opinion none of you has to read.... Megatron has died a couple of times but EVIL ALWAYS RISES, he'll come back cause no matter how many bad guys there could be, Megatron is ultimate evil for the autobots, if he comes back they'll need to be careful about the how and probably give him a completely different look

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Posted By Owie

@notarandomguy said:

@Owie said:

No humans and no Michael Bey would be a Transformers movie that might actually be worth seeing.

Mike made a great mvie out of the crap they had for the third movie, when you read the script (my friend and I did) you'll be like ''WHAT IS THIS SHIT???'' but when you see the movie you are like, ''this was okay, needs megan fox to be better'', I think none will be as good as the first

All three were some of the worst examples of movie writing and movie making of all time, but the last one was truly an abomination upon all things cinematic. It was abhorrent.

Michael Bey has a ton of pull in Hollywood. If he thought they needed a better script, he could have gotten a better script. He just has no respect whatsoever for the material, so he doesn't care if it's a slap in the face to anyone who cares about Transformers, or even movies in general. He's the Rob Liefeld of movies, he has no talent and doesn't give a damn about story, he just throws fast-moving sparkly things at the camera.

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Posted By Prizm

If you hear an epic scream of rage that can be heard across the earth. Don't worry, it is just me.

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Posted By NightFang3

@spiderbat87 said:

@Cafeterialoca said:

@NightFang: I don't even care about the Transformers films, but people need to STOP ASKING FOR REBOOTS!!!!!!!!

Yea its unnecessary, they just need to carry it on in a different direction

Have either of you paid attention to those movies, there horrible even the new CGI cartoon has better storytelling.

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And this is what I wan't to see in a Transformers movie.

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Posted By Inverno

I am not against making a reboot of the Transformers movies. Think about it: all the three movies had the same plot - Decepcticons want power source, Shia LeBouff has this power source and the Autobots had to protect him; The humans take the spotlight while what we want to see is giant robots fighting. They are the same movie over and over again and rebooting it is not a bad idea. In other hands, Michael Bay should not direct it for two reasons: he is a asshole who ruined the Transformers movies and if you want to reboot a movie series you shoudn't have the guy who ruined it in the first place behind the direction again.

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Posted By Jonny_Anonymous
@NightFang said:

@spiderbat87 said:

@Cafeterialoca said:

@NightFang: I don't even care about the Transformers films, but people need to STOP ASKING FOR REBOOTS!!!!!!!!

Yea its unnecessary, they just need to carry it on in a different direction

Have either of you paid attention to those movies, there horrible even the new CGI cartoon has better storytelling.

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And this is what I wan't to see in a Transformers movie.

Still doesn't mean you have reboot the whole universe, just get better writers/directors  
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Posted By mrdecepticonleader

@NightFang said:

@spiderbat87 said:

@Cafeterialoca said:

@NightFang: I don't even care about the Transformers films, but people need to STOP ASKING FOR REBOOTS!!!!!!!!

Yea its unnecessary, they just need to carry it on in a different direction

Have either of you paid attention to those movies, there horrible even the new CGI cartoon has better storytelling.

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And this is what I wan't to see in a Transformers movie.

Prime is a spectacular cartoon series ,which Bay will never be able to make something as half as good as it.

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Posted By notarandomguy

@Prizm said:

If you hear an epic scream of rage that can be heard across the earth. Don't worry, it is just me.

hahahaha well you have the right to u.u maybe not making this movie is the best idea

@Owie said:

@notarandomguy said:

@Owie said:

No humans and no Michael Bey would be a Transformers movie that might actually be worth seeing.

Mike made a great mvie out of the crap they had for the third movie, when you read the script (my friend and I did) you'll be like ''WHAT IS THIS SHIT???'' but when you see the movie you are like, ''this was okay, needs megan fox to be better'', I think none will be as good as the first

All three were some of the worst examples of movie writing and movie making of all time, but the last one was truly an abomination upon all things cinematic. It was abhorrent.

Michael Bey has a ton of pull in Hollywood. If he thought they needed a better script, he could have gotten a better script. He just has no respect whatsoever for the material, so he doesn't care if it's a slap in the face to anyone who cares about Transformers, or even movies in general. He's the Rob Liefeld of movies, he has no talent and doesn't give a damn about story, he just throws fast-moving sparkly things at the camera.

you are saying it as if Michael Bey is the devil .-. i said what I though cause I liked the first movie, I have the right to my opinion I believe u.u no seas asi .-. whatever he does... I don't care you are acting like someone's paying you for being a critic you don't like it just don't like it and period don't tell me things I don't want to know specially if you're talking like that about someone I don't know it is just simply wrong no matter who he is, understand? you don't like him or his job you can create a blog so you can go critic or create a forum to see what everyone thinks about the other movies or his job

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Posted By Shadow_Thief

I think Bay should just roll with his strengths on this one: don't just drop the human characters, drop any attempt at including a coherent plot (because, let's face it, those attempts haven't been particularly successful), and just give us two straight hours of giant, CGI robots blowing sets up, trashing each other, and dropping hardcore one-liners. Any humans that appear in the film should be fleeing for their lives and nothing more. Make the whole film a flagrant monument to shrieking, testosterone and transmission fluid-fueld rage. I'd see it eight times.

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Posted By tigerex78

The movies were great with visual effects. The stories were okay, but could have been better. The female leads sucked and were nothing but eye candy. The male lead was erratic and needed to be medicated. The human/bot interaction was okay. A fourth film seems forced and with Bay on board who has said he doesn't understand the appeal of the Dinobots I don't see the next film going anywhere interesting. It has potential but I'll wait and see.

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Posted By NightFang3

@spiderbat87 said:

@NightFang said:

@spiderbat87 said:

@Cafeterialoca said:

@NightFang: I don't even care about the Transformers films, but people need to STOP ASKING FOR REBOOTS!!!!!!!!

Yea its unnecessary, they just need to carry it on in a different direction

Have either of you paid attention to those movies, there horrible even the new CGI cartoon has better storytelling.

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And this is what I wan't to see in a Transformers movie.

Still doesn't mean you have reboot the whole universe, just get better writers/directors

A better director yes, as for the old writers (Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci) who quite after Revenge of the Fallen, are the executive producers Transformers: Prime. So that tells you the problem wasn't them but Bay, who came up with those black stereotypes twins and the movie Studio making unnecessary changes.

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Posted By mrdecepticonleader

Im angry that the fact Bay has been allowed to direct another Transformers movie,he is an idiotic ass hole who knows nothing about Transformers directing or making a good movie, couldn't he have just let another more capable director make a new Transformers movie ?

Make the movie about the characters that matter that we care about and why we all went to watch em the TRANSFORMERS until he learns from his mistakes and stops carrying on the way he is im not going to see TF 4

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Posted By Cafeterialoca

@NightFang: Either way, I'm just so tired of reboots. It's like repeating a class. I know what's going to happen, it's happened so many times before. Can't the story just move forward instead of getting back to say "Megatron hates Optimus Prime."

I mean, when people like my brother get confused about the Spider-Man reboot, it just shows that reboots baffle people more than get people excited.

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Posted By NightFang3

@Cafeterialoca: So you think movies like The Incredible Hulk and G.I. Joe: Retaliation is the right way too go?

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Posted By InnerVenom123

New cast, but still Bay?

One step forward, a million light years back.

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Posted By spystreak

that's it I don't want to live on this planet anymore... where's my spaceship?

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Posted By lb70145

Man, I am tired of this crap.

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Posted By yeti5d

No more robo balls, thank you!

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Posted By x_29

DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMNNN

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Posted By dewboy01

If I want 2 see a new transformer movie, I rather that Stephen Speilburg 2 do the directing.

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Posted By blueninjapanther

There should make the transformers movie about cybertron and wpuld be cool to have Blurr in it.

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Posted By viin

is there anyway we can forget the last 2 movies?

maybe get a cast of the actual original transformers...you know so we can see ironhide do something...or wait hes dead...

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Posted By Owie

@notarandomguy said:

@Owie said:

No humans and no Michael Bey would be a Transformers movie that might actually be worth seeing.

Mike made a great mvie out of the crap they had for the third movie, when you read the script (my friend and I did) you'll be like ''WHAT IS THIS SHIT???'' but when you see the movie you are like, ''this was okay, needs megan fox to be better'', I think none will be as good as the first

All three were some of the worst examples of movie writing and movie making of all time, but the last one was truly an abomination upon all things cinematic. It was abhorrent.

Michael Bey has a ton of pull in Hollywood. If he thought they needed a better script, he could have gotten a better script. He just has no respect whatsoever for the material, so he doesn't care if it's a slap in the face to anyone who cares about Transformers, or even movies in general. He's the Rob Liefeld of movies, he has no talent and doesn't give a damn about story, he just throws fast-moving sparkly things at the camera.

you are saying it as if Michael Bey is the devil .-. i said what I though cause I liked the first movie, I have the right to my opinion I believe u.u no seas asi .-. whatever he does... I don't care you are acting like someone's paying you for being a critic you don't like it just don't like it and period don't tell me things I don't want to know specially if you're talking like that about someone I don't know it is just simply wrong no matter who he is, understand? you don't like him or his job you can create a blog so you can go critic or create a forum to see what everyone thinks about the other movies or his job

ummmm...you're the one who first quoted me, which makes this a discussion, in which we trade views. My view is, obviously, that the Transformer movies are among the worst movies ever made. You obviously have a different opinion, which is fine with me. But if you don't want me to continue speaking about my opinion, then don't quote me as if you want to have a conversation with me. These comments sections aren't only for positive comments, it's fine if people are critical as long as they're not trying to troll or antagonize people. My original comment was just that I would look forward to new Transformer movies if they no longer had Bey at the helm, I wasn't exactly trying to start an argument.

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Posted By chepairo23white

I thought I was the only one who thinks that the Transformers movies needs to be different, with the same characters and the same movie continuity (sorry for my english) the stupid subplot of the parents, the hot chick, the neurotic Sam, the cheese humor of simons and the US soldiers saving the day, oh and the little cameo of the transformers... myabe this movies needs something else, not a reboot but may be other vision,other cast, other story and MORE TRANSFORMERS ON SCREEN!!!

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Posted By notarandomguy

@Owie said:

@notarandomguy said:

@Owie said:

No humans and no Michael Bey would be a Transformers movie that might actually be worth seeing.

Mike made a great mvie out of the crap they had for the third movie, when you read the script (my friend and I did) you'll be like ''WHAT IS THIS SHIT???'' but when you see the movie you are like, ''this was okay, needs megan fox to be better'', I think none will be as good as the first

All three were some of the worst examples of movie writing and movie making of all time, but the last one was truly an abomination upon all things cinematic. It was abhorrent.

Michael Bey has a ton of pull in Hollywood. If he thought they needed a better script, he could have gotten a better script. He just has no respect whatsoever for the material, so he doesn't care if it's a slap in the face to anyone who cares about Transformers, or even movies in general. He's the Rob Liefeld of movies, he has no talent and doesn't give a damn about story, he just throws fast-moving sparkly things at the camera.

you are saying it as if Michael Bey is the devil .-. i said what I though cause I liked the first movie, I have the right to my opinion I believe u.u no seas asi .-. whatever he does... I don't care you are acting like someone's paying you for being a critic you don't like it just don't like it and period don't tell me things I don't want to know specially if you're talking like that about someone I don't know it is just simply wrong no matter who he is, understand? you don't like him or his job you can create a blog so you can go critic or create a forum to see what everyone thinks about the other movies or his job

ummmm...you're the one who first quoted me, which makes this a discussion, in which we trade views. My view is, obviously, that the Transformer movies are among the worst movies ever made. You obviously have a different opinion, which is fine with me. But if you don't want me to continue speaking about my opinion, then don't quote me as if you want to have a conversation with me. These comments sections aren't only for positive comments, it's fine if people are critical as long as they're not trying to troll or antagonize people. My original comment was just that I would look forward to new Transformer movies if they no longer had Bey at the helm, I wasn't exactly trying to start an argument.

I'm sorry u.u my comment was kinda stupid, you were right and I like the way you think and you have the right to think that way specially since he is not even that good u.u and this site needs people like you you .-. so is the opposite I should read more of your comments u.u and you should continue commenting n.n

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Posted By Owie

@notarandomguy said:

@Owie said:

@notarandomguy said:

@Owie said:

No humans and no Michael Bey would be a Transformers movie that might actually be worth seeing.

Mike made a great mvie out of the crap they had for the third movie, when you read the script (my friend and I did) you'll be like ''WHAT IS THIS SHIT???'' but when you see the movie you are like, ''this was okay, needs megan fox to be better'', I think none will be as good as the first

All three were some of the worst examples of movie writing and movie making of all time, but the last one was truly an abomination upon all things cinematic. It was abhorrent.

Michael Bey has a ton of pull in Hollywood. If he thought they needed a better script, he could have gotten a better script. He just has no respect whatsoever for the material, so he doesn't care if it's a slap in the face to anyone who cares about Transformers, or even movies in general. He's the Rob Liefeld of movies, he has no talent and doesn't give a damn about story, he just throws fast-moving sparkly things at the camera.

you are saying it as if Michael Bey is the devil .-. i said what I though cause I liked the first movie, I have the right to my opinion I believe u.u no seas asi .-. whatever he does... I don't care you are acting like someone's paying you for being a critic you don't like it just don't like it and period don't tell me things I don't want to know specially if you're talking like that about someone I don't know it is just simply wrong no matter who he is, understand? you don't like him or his job you can create a blog so you can go critic or create a forum to see what everyone thinks about the other movies or his job

ummmm...you're the one who first quoted me, which makes this a discussion, in which we trade views. My view is, obviously, that the Transformer movies are among the worst movies ever made. You obviously have a different opinion, which is fine with me. But if you don't want me to continue speaking about my opinion, then don't quote me as if you want to have a conversation with me. These comments sections aren't only for positive comments, it's fine if people are critical as long as they're not trying to troll or antagonize people. My original comment was just that I would look forward to new Transformer movies if they no longer had Bey at the helm, I wasn't exactly trying to start an argument.

I'm sorry u.u my comment was kinda stupid, you were right and I like the way you think and you have the right to think that way specially since he is not even that good u.u and this site needs people like you you .-. so is the opposite I should read more of your comments u.u and you should continue commenting n.n

No problem, we're all good.

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Posted By Inverno

If you are going to reboot it take away the humans, the parents, the comic relief we do not need, make the whole movie a CGI-animated if needed but seriosly don't make the Transformers side characters in their own movies.

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Posted By umbrafeline

WHY?! WHY?>! WHY?! WHY COULDNT HE LEAVE THIS ONE ALONE?! DAMN YOU MICHEAL BAY FOR EVERYTHING THAT IS GOOD AND NOSTALGIC. YOU NO-TALENT DIRECTOR!!! I WILL NOT GIV EYOU MY MONEY JUST TO SEE YOU RUIN ANOTHER FILM!

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Posted By Mister_Sensational

@JangoCrossfire said:

Instead of TRANS4MERS, I think they should just reboot it and give us the War on Cybertron.

Totally agree but wouldn't that be considered a "prequal"? Either way great idea.

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Posted By Mokey

Welp, they're not getting my money.

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Posted By LordRequiem

Bay shouldn't be allowed near a movie set, for the most part he's a moron, bar one or two half decent bits of cinema. The Transformers and Decepticons MUST to take center stage if there's another movie about them! But seeing as it's him, there's no hope.

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Posted By JangoCrossfire

@Mister_Sensational said:

@JangoCrossfire said:

Instead of TRANS4MERS, I think they should just reboot it and give us the War on Cybertron.

Totally agree but wouldn't that be considered a "prequal"? Either way great idea.

It could be told as a "Prequel within a Sequel" kinda like Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER: WIZARD AND GLASS. They have covered some of the stuff in flashbacks, but I'd like to see a full-scale war film.

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Posted By Thorion

@spiderbat87:

Totally agree with you!

An actual storyline about the creators of both (Autobots & Decepticons) who all should know are the (Quintizons)!

Personally I would love to see a rebuilding of (Cybertron) and characters like (Arcee, Springer & Dinobots).

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Posted By Tyrannotaur

Are they using the same writing team? Because they have alot to do with the mediocre plot of the other movies. I am a transformers fan and I enjoyed the live action movies for what they are, live action summer blockbusters that have transformers in them. I would like to see more focus on the Transformers much like everyone else. I'd love to know how Bay is going to proceed with this series when he and his writers killed the entire Deception army, including all the major generals and the leader Megatron. Granted there are tons of characters they could use, but its not the same without Starscream, Megatron, Soundwave, Barricade, etc.

I'm not totally thrilled with Bay directing again, but its not the end of the world either. As long as the movie focuses more on the Transformers and not the new humans/Sam again I think it'll be fine.

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@spiderbat87 said:

I herd a while back that Speilburg wanted to direct the next Transformers

This would just be TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE! THe problem with the Bay Transformers is that they were just treated as things and not alien lifeforms. I mean, Bumblebee couldn't talk...that said it all right there. Plus the Transformers were taking orders from the military? They were easily captured by the military in Part 2 or Part 3. That was just crap. The whole point of being Transformers and intelligent beings is their ability to be "unknown" and fight the battle right under the noses of the humans here on Earth. That's what Part 1 should have all been about. Setting up the origin behind the Transformers at least a little bit, and giving a better explanation for why they were fighting each other (the Autobots & Decepticons) here on Earth instead of somewhere else in the universe. Part 2 should have been about Megatron stepping his evil game up and revealing theemselves to the humans because they were now powerful enough to whip the humans out if need be. That would then force Optimus Prime's hand in allying, against his initial instincts, with the humans to coordinate taking down Magatron's plan. Part 3 would incorporate complex characters like the Constructicons, Insecticons, Areobots, Triple Changers, & Dinobots. We'd get to see Soundwave as a cellular phone (much better concept than yesterday's Walkman) with his Micro Machine like minions (such as Ravage, Lazerbeak, Rumble, Frenzy) as micro flash drives. Even have Blaster as his computer tablet counterpart. Then the ultimate two part final movie would kill off some characters and introduce the ulitmate film bad guy, Unicron! That's how the movies should be done! All of which being directed/produced by the super team of Steven Spielburg and J.J. Abrams.

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Posted By Kurrent

Love the movies, really excited

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Posted By MrDirector786

I'm hoping that the reboot will actually have the Transformers as the main characters and NOT the humans.

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Posted By TheMess1428

Just make it Beast Wars!

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Posted By deactivated-579156ff11b09

- Yay ! Another big-budget spectacle with no plot, sign me up !

- Of course he came back to do a 4th, look how much money the first 3 made, his take from the upfront and backend will be enormous

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