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

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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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#1 Posted by Acharya77 (88 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm with you Sara, F all the filthy humans and make the movie about the actual title characters!

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#2 Posted by Owie (7247 posts) - - Show Bio

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

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#3 Posted by NightFang3 (12364 posts) - - Show Bio

Please let it be a reboot!

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#4 Posted by RavenT2 (662 posts) - - Show Bio

I was really hoping they would make a fourth one, and yeah, we don't need to see that many humans anymore. Let's have some more Decipticons come to Earth and mix it up with the Autobots. Ah! Good times! :)

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#5 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (45774 posts) - - Show Bio

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

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#6 Posted by laabitres (801 posts) - - Show Bio

finally a 4th movie

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#7 Posted by Death Certificate (5720 posts) - - Show Bio

I know people hate hearing this word in movies, but with transformers, a reboot would actually be needed.

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#8 Posted by Uncanny_Doom (845 posts) - - Show Bio

These movies have been horrible. I have no desire to see them continue.

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#9 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (45774 posts) - - Show Bio
@Death Certificate said:

I know people hate hearing this word in movies, but with transformers, a reboot would actually be needed.

I dont think it would 
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#10 Posted by Mr_Wayne69 (195 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm more towards LESS humans as opposed to NO HUMANS. The way the human/Bot interaction should be changed. Why the hell would a bunch of humans GO IN FIRST against a a bunch of GI-NORMIS robots when you have a bunch of GI-NORMIS good guy robots that can handle $#!+ themselves? Just because Bay was an idiot and couldn't handle human/Bot interaction doesn't mean another director couldn't.

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#11 Posted by Death Certificate (5720 posts) - - Show Bio

@spiderbat87: Well megatron and starcream are dead.

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#12 Posted by Acer. (2599 posts) - - Show Bio

Optimus Prime needs to direct.

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#13 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (45774 posts) - - Show Bio
@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   
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#14 Posted by frozenedge2 (1465 posts) - - Show Bio

Hell they could probably switch from the Autobots and Decepticons and go on to maybe the Maximals and Predacons. That would be a sight to see, badass robotic animals killing each other for survival

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#15 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (45774 posts) - - Show Bio
@frozenedge said:

Hell they could probably switch from the Autobots and Decepticons and go on to maybe the Maximals and Predacons. That would be a sight to see, badass robotic animals killing each other for survival

I will not rest until I see Grimlock on the big screen!!!!!!!
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#16 Posted by Psykhophear (298 posts) - - Show Bio

"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."

 
Exactly what I wanted to say. I despise the Transformers trilogy so much because they portray the humans as the main characters and not the robots. Sam Witwicky should never be included in the movies at all. He's useless. All his problems with the family, girlfriend and work are irrelevant to the Transformers universe.  
 
Hearing the fact that Michael Bay will not direct the fourth film made me smile. Douchebag doesn't know anything about Transformers. All he cares about are explosions, boobs and cheesy humor - very little on story. I hope they get rid all the human characters as well and just focus on the Transformers 100%, just like the original cartoon series and the War for Cybertron video game.
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#17 Posted by kidchipotle (15764 posts) - - Show Bio

I thought it was confirmed months ago that Michael Bay and Shia Labuff weren't returning. I read that online over the summer in an interview with him. That's the main reason he killed off Megatron in the third movie. He wanted to spite the following movies for continuing with another trilogy so he took away Megatron.

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#18 Posted by JangoCrossfire (73 posts) - - Show Bio

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

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#19 Posted by frozenedge2 (1465 posts) - - Show Bio

@spiderbat87: I hope you're happy. Now I won't stand it until Grimlock or someone equally as awesome gets on the big screen lol

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#20 Posted by Deranged Midget (18346 posts) - - Show Bio

HEAVEN ON EARTH

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#21 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (45774 posts) - - Show Bio
@frozenedge said:

@spiderbat87: I hope you're happy. Now I won't stand it until Grimlock or someone equally as awesome gets on the big screen lol

It needs to be done
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#22 Posted by awesomex (100 posts) - - Show Bio

@Psykhophear: I argee 100%

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#23 Posted by Cafeterialoca (1582 posts) - - Show Bio

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

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#24 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (45774 posts) - - Show Bio
@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 
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#25 Posted by DeawonCDelaney (65 posts) - - Show Bio

The thing is this isnt Spiderman were they just ran out ideas and they had to reboot, the Transformers movie is so vast they can go anywhere with it (you still got Unicron, Dinobots, and we no Megatron would come back as Galvatron). As for the human aspect well you need that who are they gonna protect, but I do want them to keep NEST

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#26 Posted by Fetts (6253 posts) - - Show Bio

WHAT? NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO.. 
 
I thought it should have ended with the last one. I mean honestly how can they start a new movie with how the last one ended? Maybe Megatron going to have a second resurrection. Or maybe Skids and Mudflap will become the new Decepticon leaders. Or maybe Megan Fox was a Decepticon all along. If they seriously make a fourth one then it's going to be the Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull of the Transformers series. The only reason I might want a fourth one is if Ironhide gets resurrected. 
 
And on a somewhat different note why did it have to be Ironhide? Michael Bay must of known Ironhide had lots of fans. And yet he kills him! And keeps the hormone sniffing doctor instead!  
WHYYY??????  

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#27 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6958 posts) - - Show Bio

I guess some people really don't know when to quit, huh? ::shakes head::

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#28 Posted by psbrown1989 (26 posts) - - Show Bio

I say put micheal bay in the film playing him-self and then kill him off in the first five seconds and then the bots leave earth for a space adventure and find aliens that look like micheal bay and they're robot eating aliens and they kill all of them that wouldbe a great movie

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#29 Edited by CATPANEXE (9505 posts) - - Show Bio

Even if he pulls out, Bay will return if the movie promises to pull in a large audience and much monies, specifically if theirs a promising script involved. Taking that from his previous maneuvers. Bay is already notorious for using his moxy to pull a film into his hands if it looks like it will get him props, Nightmare On Elm Street was a prime example.

As for only robots...I would like that, but I'll make 90% bet against that. The reason is the critics blasted the robot characters and focused more on the human performances in the previous films. Ebert was adamant about it and flat out ridiculed the Transformers characters for that matter. Just speaking, if it's not animated or full CGI, a script involving just robot characters doesn't have much of a chance of being approved. Added, if I've been paying attention to the fine details between the TF films and the GIJOE one, they've already conjoined both of these franchises into one continuity as usual, GIJOE having taken place after TF2 and possibly 3 (unsure), and it seems their trying to push for a cross-over film. That would help to explain a part 4 for Transformers which is somewhat abnormal at this stage in the game for it's series, which would be to keep the characters relevant for something else. Likewise it would be more logically to have human characters kept in then to interconnect a cross-over plot more smoothly (this human from TF knows this human from GIJOE, ect.)

* edit: the above written before Update when it was rumored Bay wouldn't be coming to the fourth. I would say, wow can I call them, but like I stated he's really predictable, lmao.

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#30 Edited by lastdrag0n89 (609 posts) - - Show Bio

So there's a chance we'll have a good TF movie?

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#31 Posted by randy121992 (1 posts) - - Show Bio
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#32 Posted by Havik86 (39 posts) - - Show Bio

I liked the last one even though there were some massive plot holes that contradict the second and even parts of the first lol. Of course it should have been good since it was almost identical in plot to the second and you'd figure people would learn from their mistakes. Still I hope Michael Bay is involved because it would keep my hopes alive for a Transformers/Bad Boys crossover.

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#34 Posted by Burnstar1230 (232 posts) - - Show Bio

And we get ready for another Bayplosion fest in 2014. Kind of have a feeling that Lebouf isn't going to sign on for a fourth installment given the last two films didn't do anything to really further his career. Then again, he hasn't really done much since Dark of the Moon, right?

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#35 Posted by ARMIV2 (10074 posts) - - Show Bio

I heard that they're supposed to be doing a trilogy. I think it'd be cool if they were prequels.

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#36 Posted by Mokey (195 posts) - - Show Bio

Most of the villains are dead..

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#37 Posted by goldenkey (3033 posts) - - Show Bio

Now they can bring Galvatron. To bad they used Nimoy for Sentinel Prime. I love the T.F. movies. All of them are great.

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#38 Posted by TheRedRobin96 (356 posts) - - Show Bio

About 2 hours ago it was also released Bay WILL dirrect the 4th installment for a June 29th 2014 release date.us

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#39 Posted by TheRedRobin96 (356 posts) - - Show Bio

About 2 hours ago it was also released Bay WILL dirrect the 4th installment for a June 29th 2014 release date.us

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#40 Posted by TrueIlluminatus (9579 posts) - - Show Bio

Mark my words, dear friends. The is surely indicative that the end of all time is nigh.

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#41 Posted by 8diagrams (20 posts) - - Show Bio

I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit

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#42 Posted by leokearon (1970 posts) - - Show Bio

NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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#43 Posted by pikahyper (18483 posts) - - Show Bio

Stupid reboots...

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#44 Posted by BritishMonkey (359 posts) - - Show Bio

unicron, galvatron and the dinobots and more cybertron pleaese

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#45 Posted by Ganthetsward20 (724 posts) - - Show Bio

NO! PLease lets avoid this...for realsy!!!! Stop it now...Autobots RUN AWAY!!

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#46 Edited by HellionVulcan (7377 posts) - - Show Bio

Haven't transformers fans suffered enough ? they need someone else to do it cause bay is all bad actors (yes every one) mixed with autobots mindlessly murdering decepticons ...... pass .

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#47 Posted by Death Certificate (5720 posts) - - Show Bio

@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.

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#48 Posted by CookieVonDoom (38 posts) - - Show Bio

We could forget what they did to Scorponok --my favorite TF-- and have him lead the Decepticons in the new movie.

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#49 Posted by All_Around_Nerd (58 posts) - - Show Bio

NO!!!!!!!

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#50 Posted by thephantomstranger (132 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh well I think I'll just go back to watching transformers prime then instead...

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