Michael Bay On ‘Transformers 4′
The Transformers: The Ride 3D is now open at Universal Studios in Hollywood, and the film franchise director Michael Bay stopped by the ride and spoke with The LA Times about his plans for the fourth film, which is set to hit theaters on June 27, 2014. The new film will have an all-new cast.
“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… We’re moving on to something different.”
The script is currently being drafted by Ehren Kruger. Bay hints that one place the fourth film may go is into outer space. Do you believe that?
“That feels like the way to go, doesn’t it? I want to go a little off [the planet] but I don’t want to go too sci-fi. I still want to keep it grounded.”
No matter what he’s thinking, he says that one element in the new production is to scale back the budget somewhat to around $165 million, which makes it $30 million less that the third film Dark of The Moon.
About his upcoming project, he has recently wrapped his dark crime comedy titled Pain and Gain which stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson. It follows a group of bodybuilders who engaged in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder in Florida.