Michael Bay Says 'Transformers 4' Has Really 'Redesigned Everything'

February 4, 2013
Source: Forbes

Transformers 4

The forthcoming sequel Transformers 4 already has Mark Wahlberg lined up for a role, and rising star Jack Reynor as the young male lead. Though a female co-star is still needed, development on the blockbuster sequel slated for release on June 27th, 2014 continues. Though Michael Bay himself has said that this sequel doesn't serve as a franchise reboot, despite having all-new human cast members, it does sound like a pseudo-reboot that happens to acknowledge the mythology that the first three films created. Bay talked with Forbes saying, "To freshen the franchise, we’ve redesigned everything from top to bottom."

Bay continued to talk about the style of the new sequel:

"The history of the first three movies is still there. We start four years later and there’s a reason why we’re meeting a new cast. We keep the 'Transformers' the way they were. It’s just four years later. There’s a reason the Transformers are redesigned. We’re trying to broaden the franchise and give it more places to go."

Okay, so they keep the Transformers they way they were, but they've been redesigned. Basically, I think he means that the characters won't change dramatically, but their appearance has likely been upgraded and they'll have some new armor, maybe a more modern automobile look. And considering plenty of new cars have made their way to the big screen through Transformers, I'm betting one of the new cars on the scene will be the 2014 Corvette Stingray, which is different than any of the previous models. It could make for one bad ass Autobot next summer. Stay tuned for more updates soon.

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  • OfficialJab
    "A female co-star is still needed" No it isn't. Good to hear there's a redesign, and they're trying a different angle.
  • Angry Lester
    Redesign? I call B.S.!! He's just trying to right his wrongs. I don't care anymore. And I agree, a female co-star is not needed. Humans period are not needed. They could do a film like the War for Cybertron games and it would be better than any of the crap they've already made. No stupid Shia Laboof, no stupid parents, no spoiled brat nub thumbed can't act girlfriend, no "gangsta" autobots, and hopefully no Michael Bay.
    • j
      We want the dinobots or the terrorcons. A new wrinkle. Agreed
  • avi
    i will never watch a transformers movie again:simple!!
    • C_Man1126
      Then don't...? No need to beg for attention. Lol
  • truong18
    so basically everything is the same, except redesigned the transformers with new modern look. and Wahlberg just jumb in for the ride. Fuck this shit, Money grabbing garbage.
  • Chris
    The one key element they needed to change to make things so much better than the previous three outings... but unfortunately, he's still directing it.
  • LosZombies
    Sooo...polished up piles of indistinguishable metallic crap. Great.
  • Tester
    How about we redesign Michael Bay and give him less places to go, one of them being a Director's Char
    • agreed lol, i mean why not pick another director, theres enough goood, decnt directors out there
    • Spellcheck Pro 2000
      Chair* Just thought you should know. :)
  • Disappointed
    I am so sad right now. I was hoping that the TF franchise would be rebooted and done right. It's gonna be another 5 years before we get to see a decent one. Michael Bay need only to watch TF Prime to see how it should be. Maybe he'll die before he gets to create another monstrosity.
  • prantsdagger
    Everyone complains because they hate everything about Michael Bay's TF movies... so he says "WE'RE CHANGING EVERYTHING" and everyone is still just whining away. We all know the Transformers aren't as good as they should be, but why not and wait to see what's changed before you get your panties all in a wad?
    • Not to mention a lot of the people who are complaining will go see this day one. Yes there are quite a bit of cringe inducing bits but I enjoyed the franchise simply for the fact that the gigantic ass kicking robots were amazing.
  • Crazy Legs
    I enjoy these movies! I'm looking forward to the next one!
  • Bob
    Good job Michael,keep rocking again.fuck haters
    • Bob For the WIN!
      I like this guy.
  • Handsomepig
    My birthday wish for this year is, when TF is out in cinemas. Everyone in the world just dont go and watch it. In that way Micheal Bay can just fuck off.
    • Immature Attention Beggar. Lol
      How bout' this? On your 7th birthday you go fly a kite alone and sit on your thumb and twist like a good little boy. :)
  • mesa like no
    Bay needs to eat a bullet or stop littering the cinematic landscape.Even his "better" movies are utter crap.
  • castingcouch
    The Bayformers designs look like shit. They have from day one. If only they could freshen the story and script, too, so the movies don't stink from the first frame.
  • Totes_McGoats
    Ok, now all of you people bitching about the series, the director, the characters...don't line up to see this one. It happens with every movie. As someone else mentioned, you all bitch and moan with each new sequel, yet you're the first ones to jump in line day 1...That's like someone at a restaurant ordering a meal, licking the plate clean, then complaining to the waitstaff that it wasn't very good. Don't like it, don't go and watch it.
  • imwithstupid
    i think that michael bay is a gigantic asshole why did he make the plot even more confusing why? 4 years later sam witwicky has a daughter already? and wtf happened to the mom? michael bay has to wake up and stop making plots that are complete bullshit.
  • ironhide 88
    i would be very happy see this movie ........ i would like ironhide and jazz would be resurrected. ironhide shouldn't have died in tf3 it would have been awesome he was there.....
    • R.I.P Ironhide
      Agreed. Ironhide was one of the best. But sadly it wouldn't be possible. :/ He was precticaly disintegrated in the 3rd one.. :c
  • The Stingray was already a transformer - Sideswipe. I was disappointed that he wasn't in the third movie, but I hope they bring him back!
    • Hunter
      Sideswipe was in the third movie.
      • Josh Weikel
        Old, old reply, but ya you're right. Totally forgot about the whole gun showdown with ironhide and the two baddies. Likely he was in other scenes.
  • j
    Terrorcons baby. A great new wrinkle. Who agrees
    • C_Man1126
      That sure would be awesome but I'm afraid it's probably too late for that.. :(
  • Kaunda
    First of all the first three transformers were excellent. Michael Bay made transformers realistic as though it could take place in the real world. Coming from a complete cartoon angle would have messed it up. Michael Bay knows what he is doing and would not internationally jeaparzied Transformers 4. It's going to be brillant. Michael Bay was born to direct Transformers.
    • I'm glad you said that this man has made damn near all his movies #1 or roke a box office record this is Bay's babt
  • psychoticsausagekiller
    (Sigh) Why can't this guy take a cue from Christopher Nolan. Character and story FIRST. Action and special effects SECOND.
    • Except, of course, if we're talking about Dark Knight Rises. In which case, let's DESTROY the characters, make a sincerely TERRIBLE and PLOT HOLE FILLED movie and then worry about the polish. Nolan should've used Bay's method. At least if Nolan polished it more, it would have distracted from the utter crap we were delivered.
    • Roger Workman
      Clearly you've never actually seen the Transformers cartoon. n_n
  • jay123health
    lets hope they bring back Bumble Bee as the VW Beetle as it was in the cartoons I was disappointed when chevy put there cars in there and ruined the originality of it screw the money and do whats right to make it right
  • jay123health
    lets hope they bring back Bumble Bee as the VW Beetle as it was in the cartoons I was disappointed when chevy put there cars in there and ruined the originality of it screw the money and do whats right to make it right
  • jay123health
    lets hope they bring back Bumble Bee as the VW Beetle as it was in the cartoons I was disappointed when chevy put there cars in there and ruined the originality of it screw the money and do whats right to make it right
  • JohnnyBoy7
    You don't have to give them your money...if you don't wanna go see it, don't.
  • Kyle Edgecomb
    He's alreadyfucked up transformers, and im still mad on him about to fuck up Ninja Turtles, face it, the only decent film Bay ever made is Armageddon
  • Jcrack
    U guys r fucking stupid the other transformers were the best movies ever micheal bay is a great director. But I agree that the next movie might not be as good as the others because Shia lebouf isn't in it he really made the movies because of his humor and he fit in perfectly. It'll be interesting to see how they can replace him
  • tim alexander
    i saw the exorist the movie i was scared and strange noises were made during the movie
    • alex may
      it was awesome
  • tim alexander
  • Guest
    For one of the cars, they should use the new Acura NSX Concept. It's simply an amazing car!
  • For one of the new cars, they should use the new Acura NSX Concept (shown below). It's simply an amazing car!
    • Actionmac
      Car will never make it to the film or the streets... It's old design and Hyundai created the car a few years ago. I think they called it Genesis.
  • transformer fan
    Who is in the transformer 4 movie?
  • Something
    Another genius movie by Bay, but ohh god i dont realise why he dont want Megan Fox back.
  • What a load of crap.. Why redesign eveything unless you have run out of ideas.. There is alot to the transformers universe.. I want to see galvatron or hotrod.. My be they should ask the fans rather than a bunch of corperate beard stroking morons that are payed to much to think..
  • joey
    First he ditched Megan fox, now this...i miss the old stuff...
  • MichaelBayShattersDreams
    Redesign? How about Bumblebee as a classic VW Beetle! I was so angry with the Camero or whatever it was. But I guess that's not as bad as turning the teenage mutant ninja turtles into alien mma aliens. Why do you have to stomp all over my childhood heroes Michael Bay? I effin hate you!
  • battleaura7
    there will not be enuf comedy in the new transformers , thts wht dey said , and it'll be much shorter than transfrmers 3
  • D. Shono
    The tf movies are great action films. The story Bay is telling with these movies is kinda cool but I would prefer movies based off the original cartoon. There is so much potential there why was it ignored. Think about it live action Unicron, dinobots, tripticon, and metroplex. A story was already there all it needed was some cleaning up. And humble bee as a vw beatle would have been stupid, maybe to start with just to pay homage to the original and then have him get a new vehicle mode, i could handle that but come on a vw beatle is not a bad ass vehicle. People drive those things in public with giant eyelashes on the headlights, WTF.
  • TheGaffer
    The worst thing about these comments is that the majority of the pretentious babble is coming from spotty oiks who weren't around to enjoy the toys and then the cartoons. This franchise was solely built on nostalgia and is thoroughly enjoyed by a certain generation who has finally seen part of their childhood bought to life. And we couldn't give a fuck who directs it tbh.
  • They should include new Autobots along with the old ones like Ultra Magnus,Kup,HotRod,Springer,Perceptor,Prowl,Hound,Aerialbots and the Dinobots.New Decepticons like Galvatron, Cyclonus,Scourge,Blitzwing,Insecticons and Terrorcons with Unicron as the main Villain would be awesome.
  • Asteroth
    just a quick comment for all the idiots bashing Michael Bay's efforts with the previous films. Lets not forget that he is the one who converted Transformers from cartoon to live action, ,made 3 successful (box office will agree with statement) movies on the subject so far, and that the movie has not come out yet. Just cause some peoples favorite transformers have not turned up yet or have not been chosen does not not mean he's done a bad job. As for Shia Leboof, lets not forget Spike & Wheeljack from season 1 weren't exactly great or essential characters in the cartoon either. Give the guy a break & wait before you see the movie before you start bitching about it. The previous 3 movies were pretty bloody good in my book & I'll certainly be looking forward to the next one. Hell he's done what no one had the balls to do in the nearly 30 years since the original, & make the movies, make them successful & bring the Transformers to a whole new generation. I'm just sick of the overgeeks who keep whining like spoiled brats cause the characters they were after haven't been put into the movies {yet}.
  • Rick
    Will iron hire be back??
  • Transform and roll out
    Michael Bay did a good job in bringing the transformers to life with todays technology but in my opinion, i think thats all he did. There were so many key elements missed, not properly used, and outlandish implementations. Stephen Spielberg should of just done it himself instead of bringing in another director. Hes the transformers fan, not Michael. But you cant unscramble scrambled eggs i guess. i shall wait and see what the trailer looks like and gauge my decision based on that.
  • Actionmac
    Wow a lot of whining about three movies that nobody seem to like from director to actors, but they went to see all three... How do you watch all three when you didn't like the first? Bring it on I enjoyed ALL three and most likely will enjoy the next.
  • As a big fan of transformers its time to stop making them before they kill the series
  • Aaron Taylor
    transformers is the stuff




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