Michael Bay Says 'Transformers 4' Not a Reboot and Headed to Space

June 21, 2012
Source: Hero Complex

Michael Bay

Don't call it a reboot! They've been here for years! At least that's what Michael Bay is saying with some comments made to Hero Complex that seem to negate what he recently told the same outlet. In his most recent pile of talk about Transformers 4, Bay explains that the new sequel is not a reboot, despite that fact that it will have a whole new cast, sets up the series for a new director and all that jazz. Though, I suppose for it to be a true reboot, they would have to start from scratch, and that's not the case with Optimus Prime and some of the other Transformers returning for the fourth film in the series. More below!

Bay explains what can already be assumed from his denial:

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.

In addition, Bay says we'll be dealing with a new frontier for the Autobots as at least part of the story will take our heroes to space. Sure some of the villains came from the moon last time, but it sounds like we might get some action actually in outer space this time. When questioned about the prospect, Bay said:

I think so, yeah, a little. 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.

And despite the fact that this isn't being referred to as a reboot, at least by Bay, he does reiterate that he's getting ready to pass the baton to a new director:

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.

Of course, he's going to be setting up the next guy with a film that will cost about $30 million less than Transformers: Dark of the Moon. That's likely not enough to cripple Bay's flights of explosive fancy, but it could prove to be a challenge. The question is just what kind of human characters we're going to deal with now that Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and his government friends won't be involved. And how will they come into play with the space portion of the story? Well, hopefully we'll get some more details sooner than later, and we'll do our best to keep you updated.

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I am sick of reboots, Why the hell would they need to reboot TransFormers? Its not even 10 years old. Reboots and sequels is all Hollywood is good for these days.

Brian Sleider on Jun 21, 2012


in the article michael bay clearly states that T4 is not a reboot.

CG on Jun 21, 2012


because the first 3 were awful

Joe Blackis on Jun 21, 2012


They dont need to re boot transformers. They need to make an actual transformer movie for it to be re booted, but that looks like it will never happen.

Jimmy Love on Jun 21, 2012


Keeping it grounded. lulz

Tyler_S on Jun 21, 2012


So this Movie Will be called, Transformers: Space EXPLOSIONS! >_<' hahaha xD

Fidel Reyes on Jun 21, 2012


Guys - you heap shit on Bay because its cool, and all the internet kids are doing it. I get that. But the reality is, he's one of the biggest and most successful directors out there. He also makes no bones about what he does: he makes movies for teenagers. And for all the smack talk you read about him, people forget that there's millions around the world who flock to his movies. You know why, because they entertain. That's really what it's all about. I'll never understand why people watch movies they hate. If you hate Transformers, don't fucking watch it. Go back to Twilight or some shit.

The Hurt on Jun 21, 2012


what is your definition of the biggest and most successful director? popularity? box office? It sure isn't talent. Check out his movies he has directed.. nothing stands out at excellence in filmaking to me. Some average films like bad boys and armageddon, with his best outting being The rock.. which still wasnt all that great.

Joe Blackis on Jun 21, 2012


It's a combination of everything you mentioned. He IS one of the biggest directors in Hollywood, and one of the main reasons is because the bulk of his films are hugely successful financially. That's really all that matters in terms of what major studios consider successful. As far as having no talent, I disagree. He's an immensely talented director. His famous "Got Milk" ad campaign now resides in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art. If he had no talent, I doubt he'd be where he is today.

The Hurt on Jun 21, 2012


He did Got Milk? Huh. Had no idea.

grimjob on Jun 22, 2012


$1000 bucks says it gets handed off to another shitty director, my money is on Peter Berg

Michael Bay Sucks on Jun 21, 2012


Uhh... At this point why does anyone care? He ruined transformers.

Joe Blackis on Jun 21, 2012


Not going to lie, I'll be there opening weekend!

McWilly on Jun 21, 2012


Man you guys bag to much and whats your definitiin of a real transformers movie?

jaz_b® on Jun 21, 2012


Well first of all, something that is actual transformer lore would work, not screwing up things that have been wrote decades before these pile of scrap came out. Secondly, robots that don't look like they got shit out of a trash compactor, which makes for horrid toy's btw. Third, A actual story that makes fucking sense would be splendid...or maybe people that can write a story that makes sense would be better. There's so much wrong with these movies it's insane. The reason why there's alot of haters is this shit was are child hood that bay ruined, i'm sorry to say but devastator wouldn't be killed in one fight by tracks nor would he like trash and then to have bay put balls on him, comeon that was a slap to the Tf fanbase that's been here since day uno. Next up he's going to ruin Galvatron and Unicron..yay so excited to see another piece of crap movie that's going to put more shame in the franchise. oh and what's a my definition of a GOOD TF movie...hmmm how about the Transformers: the movie 1986. nuff said.

volac on Jun 28, 2012


I dont know... the first one was "OK", the second was stupid, and the third was so boring and long... I really dont get why they are such a huge commercial success

Carlos Subero on Jun 22, 2012


I like all of mr. bay's films, he may not be an artist but he is the best at fast pace-action, explosions and maybe even special effects. That's what I want to see when I go to the cinema, if a movie has a geniously written script, but no special effects or explosions, I will gladly enjoy it at home, on my lcd screen, no need to spend the big bucks for the cinema. For me, for what he is, bay delivers the best cinematic experience.

006 on Jun 22, 2012


gonna be fuuun (i hope)

Davide Coppola on Jun 22, 2012


Sooooo....more jumbled pieces of discombobulated metallic crap. In space. Great. Moving on.

LosZombies on Jun 22, 2012


Michael Bay is Stunt Director. Exellent Entertainment Maker. He has high effect on Technology Progress undeniably. Very Skillful , Popeular , Extravaganta too. Yeah , right , he work with mean , shallow scripts unfortunately. But is forgivable. Armageddon , Rock , Pearl Harbor , Island ..., Acceptable & I know his worth My argument is with this 4th installement : 1- If it's matter of $ , answer is False , everyone know if he get involved in AnyProject, Returning of money is assurance. 2- Totally opposite with his speak about change way in Spiderman Franchise. TF Franchise need completely Fresh Air certainly. Spiderman need that and principles understand it very well. Michael you must know Sam Raimi instead go for Greater Project called " OZ " 3- A lot of new great action ideas exist that need his Craftship , look to his Wonderful & Astonishing project in development schedule! ( 2012 Part II , Zombies vs Robots , Remake of Birds , ... ) 4- I have compliment about style of action in last 2 TF too. Action must be Spectacular , Watchable , Plausible , Intrigueing , Low Cut. Action in this 2 TF was Grand & Cool but (MESSY) News said " Megan Fox " called Bay " Hitler " and he fired her for that , for this 4th TF , " I'm not sure " , but probably he must fire me too!

Ehsan Davodi on Jun 22, 2012


Lets be honest, the best part of this article is the LL Cool J nod. word up, FSN is keeping it real, yo. peace.

Voice of Reason on Jun 22, 2012


Big explosions...slow moving action shots...low camera girls everywhere AND a story that makes no sense. Yup, sounds like a reboot! if reboot means more of the same ol' crap from before. It will only be 30 million cheaper because he is going to hire unknown actors who are willing to work for scale.

Joe M on Jun 22, 2012


Its ridiculous how many people bash these Transformers movies and say that Bay has "ruined Transformers". Are these movies But then again what movie is? They deliver great action, humor, and entertain the audience. Im not sure what you fanboys are looking for honestly

2ndNature on Jun 22, 2012


perfect movie = the avengers.

JBrotsis on Jun 22, 2012


There are good movies, average movies and bad movies. There is no "perfect" movie. Transformers are bad movies.

rennmaxbeta on Jun 23, 2012


Sounds like a great concept, something different. Get it as far away from that idiot Shia Leboof and all the mass destruction on Earth. Take it to space, maybe some new alt modes, sounds cool.

mary todd lincoln on Jun 22, 2012


It's because Transformers is his biggest cash cow. Of course he's not going to leave it alone any time soon.

fem!anon on Jun 22, 2012


Hollywood is desperate.

rennmaxbeta on Jun 23, 2012


We all know no one give a crap about the story with these movies. Just give up Optimus, Bumblebee, and lots of explosions.

andros goven on Jun 23, 2012


"I don't want to go too sci-fi." Really? With giant fucking robots.

jasonmd2020 on Jun 24, 2012

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