Michael Bay Says Transformers 4 Is "Not a Reboot"; Action Could Go Into Space
06.22.12 by BJSprecher
Despite the fact that producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura called the as-yet-untitled fourth installment in the Transformers franchise a "reboot" when discussing it in February, director Michael Bay recently refuted that description. Sure, the movie will have an entirely new cast and the robots will be redesigned, but Bay said that the franchise is simply "moving on to something different," rather than starting over, and that everything that happened in the previous movies "still counts."
It’s not a reboot, that’s maybe the wrong word. I don’t want to say reboot because then people will think we’re doing a Spider-Man and starting from the beginning. We’re not. 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. I met with the writer before I went off to do Pain and Gain and we talked about a bunch of ideas. We let that simmer for a bit. He’s been thinking about stuff and now we’re getting back together next week to see what we’ve got and to see if it gels.
Bay also said that the action in Transformers 4 could go into space, though only if the movie could remain "accessible."
That feels like the way to go, doesn’t it? I want to go a little off but I don’t want to go too sci-fi. I still want to keep it grounded. That’s what works in these movies, that’s what makes it accessible.
Bay went on to say that Transformers 4 will "absolutely" be his last, but he said pretty much the same thing about Transformers: Dark of the Moon. So, what keeps him coming back (besides the huge paychecks)? Bay said that he feels a responsbility to all of the people that Transformers movies employ and that it's simply "tough to find" a replacement.
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.