As Michael Bay gears up to direct yet another Transformers movie this year, some plot details for the fourth installment in the franchise have started to surface. We know that Transformers 4 won’t include any of the human characters from the previous films (save for a possible Josh Duhamel cameo), with Mark Wahlberg leading the series’ new cast. Bay also previously said that they’ve “redesigned everything” for the pic so they will be showcasing some shiny new toys robots.
Now a production notice from Michigan granting Transformers 4 permission to shoot in Detroit with a hefty tax incentive this spring has revealed some of the first solid plot details for the film. Hit the jump to read on.
Per the Michigan Film Office (via CS), Transformers 4 is expected to film in the metro Detroit area this spring. This isn’t the franchise’s first time in Detroit, as portions of Dark of the Moon were shot there as well. The synopsis for the pic, according to the press release, is as follows:
As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs. The epic adventure and battle between good and evil, freedom and enslavement ensues.
So it appears that the old adage from Jurassic Park—“They were so busy trying to figure out if they could, they forgot to think about if they should”—applies to the Transformers 4 storyline. It’ll be interesting to see if Wahlberg plays one of these aforemented businessmen or scientists, or if he’ll simply play a regular guy in the wrong place at the wrong time a la Shia LaBeouf’s Sam Witwicky. Whatever the case, expect to hear more news concerning Transformers 4 soon as production gears up to begin in anticipation of the film’s June 27, 2014 release date.