Well, “cheaper” in the sense that, apparently, Paramount has asked Michael Bay to make due with $30 million less than what he had to play with on the third movie, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”. But being that “Dark of the Moon” had an estimated production budget of around $195 million, I don’t think you should be crying for Bay that he’ll “only” have $165 million for part 4. Then again, considering that the three “Transformers” films have made a combined $2.7 billion worldwide or thereabouts, I get the feeling Paramount won’t spend too much time haggling over an extra $30 million or so if the film just happens to run over budget, as movies about exploding alien robots from outer space that can transform into groovy vehicles have a tendency to do.
As for the plot/story of “Transformers 4”, Bay says to expect a sequel to the last three movies, and not a prequel or a reboot, as some rumors have suggested. In fact, the sequel might even head off-planet for the first time. When asked about this possibility by the LATimes, Bay seemed amendable to the idea:
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.
A trip to the Transformers planet of Cybertron, perhaps? Well, that’s possible, but it would cost a pretty penny to fully realize the robot planet. From what little we’ve already seen of it in previous installments, that is one daunting creation.
But he’s definitely sure it’s not a reboot, right?
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.
One thing’s for sure: kiss Sam Witwicky goodbye. In fact, kiss all the human characters from the first three movies goodbye, from the sounds of it. That includes the white soldier guy played by Josh Dumahel and the black soldier played by Tyrese Gibson. And, you know, all the other people not named Sam.
The robots, too, might also get re-designs. Of course, that was from an earlier interview, so who knows if that’s still on the table…