Michael Bay Taking Transformers 4 ‘in a New Direction’

Bay doesn't want his giant alien robots franchise to 'go too sci-fi.' Uh... What?

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


Transformers 4, no matter what anyone might have told you, was an inevitability. They make enough money to run a small country, and keep thousands of below the line technicians employed in the economy's darkest times. Michael Bay finally agreed to make the the fourth film back in February, but he's been too busy making the Mark Wahlberg/Dwayne Johnson crime caper Pain and Gain to talk about it much… until now. What does the modern master of disaster-ous blockbusters have in store for us this time?

"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 told Hero Complex after promising that the film is not a reboot. When asked if that new direction would take his giant transforming alien robots back into outer space, the director said, "I think so, yeah, a little […] That feels like the way to go, doesn’t it? I want to go a little off [-planet] but I don’t want to go too sci-fi. I still want to keep it grounded.That’s what works in these movies, that’s what makes it accessible."

Strangely, this story about the future of the Transformers movie franchise says a lot more about the previous films than any upcoming installments. Michael Bay considers the first three films "grounded?" Dear god, what does he consider "over the top?" The last film had Bumblebee tickling John Malkovich and a performance by Ken Jeong that made his appearance in The Hangover Part II look subtle. What has Michael Bay been holding back? And how do you keep a franchise that's entirely about, once again, giant transforming alien robots from turning into science fiction? Sure, it's hardly 2001: A Space Odyssey, but it's still sci-fi, isn't it?

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