Michael Bay Discusses Why He Decided to Return for TRANSFORMERS 4; Says Film Will Pick Up After Events of DARK OF THE MOON

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Michael Bay turned quite a few heads when, after previously saying that Transformers: Dark of the Moon would be his last film in the robot explosion franchise, he decided to come back and direct the series “reboot” Transformers 4.  Much was made about his intentions, and it was suggested that Bay agreed to direct Transformers 4 on the condition that Paramount finance his $25 million black comedy Pain and Gain starring Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg.

Pain and Gain is now in the can and poised for release in April, and Bay recently talked quite openly about why he made the decision to come back and direct Transformers 4 and revealed a bit about what to expect from the sequel.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

transformers-4-michael-bayWhen Bay set out to make Dark of the Moon, it was with the intention that the pic would be his final film in the franchise and he would allow a new filmmaker to come in and take the helm for subsequent sequels.  The colossal success of Bay’s films guaranteed that Paramount would be moving forward with more installments, and a couple of months after Bay had denied involvement with further follow-ups, he officially signed on to direct Transformers 4 for a June 2014 release date.

During a wide-ranging and candid interview with Huffington Post, Bay talked openly about why he decided to return to the series:

“I thought I was done. Then the ride came out [at Universal Studios Hollywood] and the two-and-a-half-hour lines. And then you’re thinking, Oh my God, someone’s going to take this over. And you start doing a lot of soul-searching. Like, OK, I’m about to do a little movie, Pain & Gain … and the studio says they want to restart the franchise. And someone could come in here and screw it up, you know? So I’m thinking that if I do this last one, we set it on a new footing, we change a lot of things — but we keep the history of the three in place. But we broaden it so it can be set up and be carried on — it would have a better chance for survival, I guess. You know?”

michael-bay-transformers-4-sequelThough I have no doubt that Bay was still itching to do another Transformers film, he doesn’t deny that signing on for T4 also guaranteed Pain and Gain would get made:

“[Paramount] wanted me to do something bigger. There are not a lot of people who do these big movies. So that’s why you have to twist their arm a little bit to do [something like Pain and Gain]. So I basically said, ‘All right, I’ll do Transformers 4, we’ll do this little movie — we’ll do both.”

The director went on to note that he’s not alone in having a hard time handing his baby over to another filmmaker:

“So it was just one of those things. It’s like, when you look what’s going on in the film business with the franchise frenzy right now, why is Cameron doing two more Avatar movies? Why is Peter Jackson doing three more Hobbit movies that are in the same world as Lord of the Rings? When you have a franchise, it’s very hard to give it up.”

transformers-4I understand Bay’s reluctance to let the Transformers franchise be “screwed up” by another filmmaker (though he already did that with Revenge of the Fallen), but it still seems a bit selfish of him to want to personally set the series’ new direction.  Dark of the Moon would’ve been a fine curtain call for Bay’s involvement with the franchise, leaving the door open for someone else to come in and switch things up with a different series of films.  Now, when said filmmaker comes in to take the reins, they’ll have to stick to this new blueprint that Bay sets up in Transformers 4.

Though the director has previously stated that Transformers 4 will not be a full series reboot, the film won’t include any of the same live-action actors from the other films.  When asked whether the new film pretends like the other three pics never happened, Bay reiterated that T4 is a continuation of the franchise:

“No [it’s not a reboot]. We’re basically taking from the history of where it was — or where we left it in Chicago. And we’re going to carry it on from there.”

Bay notes in the interview that Transformers 4 is “probably” the last Transformers film that he does, so make of that what you will. The first Transformers is fine, but I have a hard time thinking that Bay has something new to bring to the table yet again; the series is essentially just robots fighting, one-liners, and explosions.  I’m genuinely thrilled to check out Pain and Gain and I wish he’d branch out more, so it’s a little disappointing to see him spending so much time in the same sandbox.

Head on over to Huffington Post to read the full, candid interview, which is a great read.

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  • mattedscreen

    him not wanting someone else to “screw things up” with Transformers reboot is like having Joel Schumacher direct Batman Begins

  • cloud720

    When Paramount chose BluRay over HDDVD, Bay said he would be back for part two.
    When ask if TF3 would be in 3D, Bay said no way, this is my movie and i wont do it in 3d.
    When asked if TF3 would be his final Transformers film, Bay said yes.

    I have a hard time believing that TF4 will probably be the last TF movie bAY DOES.

  • Conk

    “And someone could come in here and screw it up, you know?”

    Too late!

  • Gui

    I did a lot of soul searching and realised… I can make a shit load of money by milking this cow dry….

  • tarek

    get over it Michael Bay. You are a hack. you are Luca$ alter ego

  • elwin ransom

    Probably the best line of this interview is:
    “Why is Peter Jackson doing three more Hobbit movies that are in the same world as Lord of the Rings?”

    As though Hobbit movies in a world different than Middle Earth was a possibility.

  • elwin ransom

    Probably the best line of this interview is:
    \"Why is Peter Jackson doing three more Hobbit movies that are in the same world as Lord of the Rings?\"

    As though Hobbit movies in a world different than Middle Earth was a possibility.

  • Grayden

    Haha, Peter Jackson was ever the ONLY option to direct ‘The Hobbit’ project. He knows the material, he loves the material, he understands what needs to be done to make it as close to what people have imagined it being for 60-some years.

    Anyone can direct a Transformers movie. (Yes, even Brett Ratner.) There’s no canonical history to follow, no set parameters. Just as basic story and then ROBOTS ROBOTS ROBOTS!!! With enough money a 5 year old could make a Transformers movie.

    • Strong Enough

      Del Toro was going to direct the hobbit. Peter isn’t the only one that knows about Middle Earth

  • Nick

    What an idiot Chris Nolan must be for actually ending a franchise!
    People should be more like Michael Bay and Jim Cameron. Sigh.

    • GET OVER IT!

      oh dear

  • GET OVER IT!

    “someone could come in here and screw it up”? hahahahahaha…. too late pal!
    So, i guess some where in the soul searching he saw the money being offered ;)

    Love the stuff about PJ directing Hobbit, well, its a better franchise, better director directing a film series that has actual characters with a PLOT.
    Pass on the torch Bay, let someone else have a go, they might actually make a good Transformers movie?

  • Roland Deschain

    Adam, you nailed in this article. Nice writing, my friend.

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  • ScaredForMovies

    I think Bay was worried someone might take this over and put a little substance behind the style. I wish they had rebooted. He already sharted on the source material/lore and I was also hoping we could finally get some better designed Transformers(like War for Cybertron). Oh well. I laughed so hard when he started talking about Lord of the Rings. Maybe the real reason he decided to do the 4th movie was so he could use another Linkin Park song for the end credits.

  • Slice

    Screw what up? It’s a toy commercial. Always was, always will be.

    Now excuse me while I watch reruns of Chocobot Hour

  • DieRockyIBBack

    TRANSFORMERS HAVE BEEN BUTCHERED!!!… TRANSFORMERS SHOULD BE No. 1 IN LINE FOR A REBOOT!!!… SUCH AN EPIC ANIMATED SERIES DESERVES TO BE DONE CORRECTLY!!!… BESIDES THE DINOBOTS I DON’T REMEBER SEEING SO MANY ANIMAL SHAPED ROBOTS IN THE CARTOONS OR A STOMACH TURNING MAKE OUT SESSION EVERY 15 MINUTES TO THE TUNE OF A BLOW MY BRAINS OUT WIMPY ASS SONG… SHIT LEBEOUF & MICHAEL (XPLOSIONS WILL MAKE UP FOR MY LACK OF IMAGINATION) BAY HAVE GOT TO GO!!! TAKE A FREAKING HINT ALREADY AND GIVE THE TRANSFORMERS THE RESPECT THEY DESERVE!!!!

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  • Ytsejamer1

    I’ll see it…even though Bay continues to rape my childhood repeatedly. I was hoping he would step away and someone else would do something…anything different with it.

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  • SuperCuteThunderKittenKisses

    *laughs….He doesn’t want some new director to come in and screw up the series. Yeah that would be awful.

  • Scott

    If someone were to adapt the original animated miniseries “More than meets the Eye” with the first 1/3 of the movie being on Cybertron, it would be better than all 3 movies combined. The character designs are horrible. I was hoping for a fresh reboot.

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  • Corey Austin Andrews

    T1 was cool when the Autobots were like true heroes and the Decepticons seemed terrifying and spoke in coded language. That was what made T1 cool, T2 and T3 were just CGI. Once all the dialogue between the robots, especially Starscream, just got annoying. Michael Bay needs to let someone like JJ Abrams take it over.

  • Corey Austin Andrews

    T1 was cool when the Autobots were like true heroes and the Decepticons seemed terrifying and spoke in coded language. That was what made T1 cool, T2 and T3 were just CGI. Once all the dialogue between the robots, especially Starscream, just got annoying. Michael Bay needs to let someone like JJ Abrams take it over.

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