So many potentially great films will be coming to theaters in the next few years. Already, fans can expect an Avengers sequel, the third installment in the Iron Man franchise and a host of other movies the will make geeks squirm in their seats. But I say, screw those stupid films! We need MORE Transformers movies!
Unfortunately, Director Michael Bay has answered my sarcastic prayers and Transformers 4 is moving into pre-production as I type these horrible words. In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times he revealed a few details about the upcoming installment.
First and foremost, despite a new cast…
It’s not a reboot… 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.
Thank God. Two-plus more hours of Shia LeBeouf is more than any human being should be forced to endure.
In addition, Bay is getting about $30 million less than before to create the new flick. I am assuming this is because the production company is preparing to bail out once the inevitable downward spiral hits. This may affect Bay’s ability to craft the film he wants, however, since he plans on making outer space a big part of the new flick’s setting (and outer space is freakin’ expensive).
He also claims (yet again) that Transformers 4 will be the last one on his list. Of course, he said that after Transformers: Dark of the Moon. We can only pray this time he speaks truth.
Oh, but wait, there’s more:
Here’s the thing, it’s tough to find someone who’s done these kind of movies and to have the complication of creating the new stuff that needs to be in this movie – not just characters but a new type of action, I hope – and that’s a lot for someone new to bite off. And so after this one I will leave it in the best hands possible. That’s the plan.
So he plans on handing the franchise off? Either that will kill it good (ala X-Men 3) or fans may see someone with some actual vision take over. The only news better than Bay bailing on Transformers would be if he got hit on the head and forgot completely that he was as director and never attempted to make another film again.
Currently, Transformers 4 is slotted for a June 2014 release.
Thanks to slashfilm for the warning.