Michael Bay Talks About Cool Transformers Sh*t and the Ninja Turtles Not Being Aliens

Michael Bay on the set of Pain and Gain (2013) Movie Image

2014 is going to be a big year for Michael Bay, who has “Transformers 4″ with Mark Wahlberg on tap for next year, and will be producing the “Ninja Turtles” reboot (directed by “Battle: L.A.’s” Jonathan Liebesman), also in the pipe for 2014.

While out promoting his latest, the relatively low-budget “Pain and Gain” (also with Wahlberg), Bay was of course asked about both “Transformers 4″ and “Ninja Turtles”. The director was very frank about both projects, and it could very well be that I’ve never heard him say it, but he dismisses previous rumors that had the turtles being aliens, telling Moviefone:

There was that quote saying that we’re making [the Ninja Turtles as] aliens. We’re not. It’s the ooze! It’s from the original source material. These are from the original writers, and I never went out to correct myself in the press. I do listen to the fans and I do want this to be authentic. I think they’re going to be really happy with this movie. When I see the digital stuff, the turtles look great.

I personally don’t care if the Turtles are aliens or if they were mutated by ooze. What’s the difference? They’re ninja turtles. It’s like getting mad that the “Transformers” movies don’t have Oscar-caliber screenplays. Really?

Bumblebee from TransformersSpeaking of “Transformers 4″, Bay comes pretty clean about why he decided to return to do a fourth one after being pretty adamant that he was done with the franchise. In a word: ego. You sorta knew that, didn’t you?

Yeah, and this is literally a true story. I went to the [Transformers] ride in Universal, and there’s a two-and-a-half-hour line, and you just see all these kids — it’s the most popular ride they’ve had since Jurassic Park — and I’m like… It’s hard to let go of your franchise. You don’t want someone to f*ck it up. So I at least wanted to set it up on some good footing. Because you’re going to get a different kind of director [who is] not going to want to follow in my footsteps. Directors feel very territorial. So they’re going to go to a more inexperienced director. It’s just the way Hollywood works. And I’m thinking, “God, so I’ll redesign it, set it up… Someone’s gonna f*ck this up. This is way too big of a thing.” And I’m looking at all these kids and I’m like, “F*ck, I gotta do one more.” And then I brought Mark [Wahlberg] into it. So now we’ve got a movie star, we’ve got full redesigns. At least it’ll be on good footing.

Exactly what kind of “redesigns” is he talking about? He elaborates a bit:

You know there are a couple of historians of Transformers. I would do my designs of the robots and they’re like, “What if you just add a little bit more ears to Optimus?” But they’re really hands off. We’ve redesigned them in “Transformers 4,” and there’s some really cool sh*t in it. I’m literally redesigning every character, top to bottom. There’s a reason why they’re redesigned, but it’s also to keep it new and fresh to me. I think the fans will appreciate some of this new stuff we have in the movie and some of the new characters.

So there you have it, Bay on “Transformers 4″ and “Ninja Turtles”. Look for both films in 2014.

And if you’re not a fan, then, well, don’t look for them? I honestly don’t know what else to tell ya. If this guy doesn’t appeal to you, just don’t, you know, pay money to see his stuff. That’ll learn’em.

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  • aegon the conqueror

    see that’s the thing he reels you in with appeasing statements to the fans like the ones above. Then you think maybe it will be different this time…maybe he’ll actually respect the fans, like when we got the original optimus voice. But then you walk.out of the movies disgusted swearing youll never watch a Bay film again. But sure enough thr cycle always continue.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Well that’s on you man. Either get over the fact that he changed things from our beloved cartoon and realize this is Bay and he makes movies with Baysplosions and you should be good or just stop watching them. I for one like the first and third TF films (2 had some decent action but was a mess of a film) and am kind of exicted to see how things have changed now. It’s no different than comics and toys retconning things every decade or so. Hell Megatron was a pistol once, and now he’s just a badass killer robot.
      And HA!! I was right about it being the ooze. That’s exactly what i said, it was an alien material originally. And again in the new toon too. I’m hoping for a live action film with the tone of the last few cartoons and comics.