Michael Bay Says They’ve “Redesigned Everything” for TRANSFORMERS 4

     February 3, 2013


Director Michael Bay’s next film is a bit of a departure from the filmmaker’s recent mega-budget fare, as we’ll see him return to his Bad Boys sensibilities on the $20 million dark comedy Pain and Gain.  Explosions fans needn’t worry, though, as Bay is currently prepping his return to the Transformers franchise with the upcoming Transformers 4.  He roped in his Pain and Gain star Mark Wahlberg to front an all-new cast, and he recently confirmed that this will be the start of a new trilogy.  Now Bay has talked a bit more about the film, saying he’s going to be “starting off smaller” with Transformers 4 and teasing a complete redesign.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

transformers-4-sequelSpeaking with Forbes, Bay talked a bit about his “fresh” approach to the franchise:

“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.”

Of course, if Bay had stepped aside and let another filmmaker come in and take over the franchise I’m sure we’d be getting an even more fresh approach, but as the director previously stated, he just couldn’t help himself.  He reiterated that point in this interview:

“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.”

The filmmaker elaborated a bit about the film’s redesign, hinting at some crucial plot point that calls for things to be a bit different:

“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.”

What the franchise is going is anyone’s guess, but I assume we’ll find out more later this year when production finally gets underway.  Transformers 4 opens on June 27, 2014.


  • Eric Nixon

    “There’s a reason the Transformers are redesigned…”

    Well, yeah, those toys aren’t going to sell themselves.

  • jackjack

    Spielberg is constantly pushing this kind of movies to emerge, he’s flooding the cinema with a bunch of crap…

  • Collin V.

    Is the story redesigned too, or is it still going to suck?

  • stylus59

    Shit “redesigned” is still shit.

  • Michael Horne

    Perhaps by redesigning the Transformers they may actually look more like their cartoon counterparts. The problem I had with the original design was the Decepticons – they all looked the same. At times it was impossible to tell the difference between Megatron and Starscream, and as fans of the comics/cartoons will know – that’s a very bad thing.
    Here’s hoping someone brings some coherence to the 4th film because goodness knows the first three were a bit of a mess.

  • Truth

    Bay is full of shit…the only reason he wants to do part 4 is because Pain and Gain is a risky film that might bomb, and you are always judged by your last film. This way he has a guarenteed money maker after Pain and Gain in case it bombs. That whole wanting to ease the transition for another filmmaker is such obvious horseshit I can smell it through the internet.

    • Lance


  • dogg

    This time it’ll be different! That’s Bay’s spin on every new Transformers. He knows it’s a piece of crap cash in. Bay once made big dumb but fun movies like ID4, now everything he touches reeks of his cynicism.

  • sense 11

    Its going to be just as shitty as 2 & 3

  • ScaredForMovies

    I remember when he said that Transformers was a stupid idea. Funny how quick his attitude changed when it became his defining franchise. Hope everyone’s ready for these three movies to be Cybertron and Unicron free.

  • KratosRevenge

    You all are so full of shit. Bay’s Transformers movies have been awesome. Not gonna win any film awards of course, but for what it is, I’ve loved em. Otherwise, how do they keep making so much money??

    • tarek

      Why ? because people like you are always ready to pay for a crapfest

    • Steve

      Kratos, hope you feel the same about the Twilight series. It must be good, right? It makes so much money.

  • Weeks

    Bay’s movies might actually be halfway decent if he’d just drop all the stupid, unfunny comedy that he inexplicably insists on jamming in every time.

  • boybutterlovesmovies

    So Many People Hate On MICHAEL BAY Constantly But To Me The Man Is A Living Legend & When He Leaves This World, He Will Remain A Legend. People Bash The TRANSFORMERS Movies. I Actually Enjoyed Every One. Sure The Writing Isn’t Top Notch But The Story Is Simple & To The Point. The Movies Are Entertaining & That’s His Point. I Will Always Remember MICHAEL BAY For THE ISLAND Which Is Still My Favorite Sci-Fi Movie Til’ This Day! PAIN & GAIN Looks To Be Just Like TRANSFORMERS…Entertaining! Nothing Oscar Worthy…Just Entertaining! People Who Know BAY Know That If He’s Doing A Movie There Will Be Plenty of Explosions! That’s What I Love About His Movies! They Are Action Packed! He’s On My Top Ten List!

    • Reason

      I Wish I Could Be Half The MAN You Are With The CONFIDENCE In You’re Grammar And Punctuation.

      I hate you.

      • Steve

        I feel like I’m reading the longest movie title in history.

      • Km


  • Nate

    Geez, this movie is gonna suck. I’ll be there opening night!

    • Brenno

      bahaha, so true… hate as they like, so will every other transformer hater out there lol

      • Um, Sure

        It’s not Transformer hate. It’s Bay hate. It’s actually possible to hate him AND not go see his films. It’s not like he’s created anything like Star Wars, and he never will.

  • lulzatron

    He and Shia said this about #3. No longer will I believe either of them about anything.

  • Poopy Pants

    Bay sucks. Bayformers sucks. End of story.

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