Michael Bay Denies 'Transformers 4' Is a Reboot, Wants It to Take Place in Outer Space
Director Michael Bay has opened up about his vision for "Transformers 4". Speaking to Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex, the "Pearl Harbor" helmer stated that his fourth "Transformers" film is not going to be a reboot though admitting that the pic will have "a new cast," and he's "moving on to something different."
"It's not a reboot, that's maybe wrong," he said. "I don't want to say reboot because then people will think we're doing a Spider-Man and starting from the beginning. We're not. We're taking the story that you've seen - the story we've told in three movies already - and we're taking it in a new direction."
Bay explained further, "But we're leaving those three as the history. It all still counts. I met with the writer before I went off to 'Pain and Gain' and we talked about a bunch of ideas. We let that simmer for a bit. He's been thinking about stuff and now we're getting back together next week to see what we've got and to see if it gels."
The 47-year-old filmmaker confessed that making "Transformers 4" is a daunting job. He said, "It's kind of daunting and scary - you want to try to keep it going, to match what's come before. We've accomplished a lot [with the first three films] but that doesn't mean you get anything handed to you or that you've got everything figured out."
Though the script, which is currently drafted by Ehren Kruger, hasn't finished yet, Bay gushed that he hopes the story would involve a departure from Earth. "That feels like the way to go, doesn't it? I want to go a little off but I don't want to go too sci-fi," he said. "I still want to keep it grounded. That's what works in these movies, that's what makes it accessible."
During the chat, the "Armageddon" director revealed that the budget for "Transformers 4" would not be as big as what he got for "Transformers: Dark of the Moon". He revealed, "It's going to be less, actually. Our mandate is to cut about $30 million."
"Transformers 4" has been scheduled to open wide in the United States on June 27, 2014.
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