Michael Bay Talks About His Smaller, Completely Redesigned Transformers 4

Bumblebee from TransformersMichael Bay is apparently judging some Doritos commercials this Super Bowl Sunday, with the winner getting free bags of Doritos or the cushy job of cleaning Michael Bay’s pool, or something like that. (I could be wrong, of course.)

But never you mind that. The thing everyone wants to know is how and why Bay returned for the fourth “Transformers” movie, and how he plans to “freshen” it back up again after three blockbusters. Bay has a plan, as he tells Forbes:

We’re going to start off smaller. There’s a brand new cast. To freshen the franchise we’ve redesigned everything from top to bottom. 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.

Mark is really excited about it and it’s a great redesign. I said that 3 [which grossed $1.1 billion] was going to be my last one. Paramount was letting me do Pain & Gain and the Transformers ride was opening at Universal and it was bittersweet to think of passing it off. I wanted to set it up on a really sure footing and to bring someone else in on that, it would have been overwhelming.

Hmm, the comment about there being a “reason” why we’re meeting an all-new cast is interesting. Does that mean Sam Witwicky and company bites it to make room for Mark Wahlberg and company?

The reporter than brilliantly follows that answer by asking if this fourth movie is a “reboot”, even after Bay just told her that it was not, in fact, a reboot, but a direct sequel to the previous three movies.

Bay (possibly after staring dumbly at her for a moment), replied:

No, that’s wrong. 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.

So there you have it.

A smaller, “re-designed” Transformers movie. And there’s a reason Sam Witwicky won’t be coming back, which is really the interesting part for me. I hope they don’t blow up the poor guy off screen or something lame like that…

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