I have some bad news for Transformers fans. Well, the bad news is only bad if you disliked the last installment of Michael Bay’s giant robot franchise like I did. For everyone one else who doesn’t think that the Transformers movies have gone extremely downhill since the first one and that ‘Dark of the Moon’ wasn’t boring as all hell, then this is good news.

The Hollywood Reporter (via Collider) is reporting that Ehren Kruger, the co-writer of ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ and sole writer of ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’, has signed on to pen ‘Transformers 4’ for Paramount and Michael Bay. This news comes from Paramount Film Group president Adam Goodman, who also confirmed in the interview with THR that franchise star Shia LaBeouf would be exiting, had this to say about the next chapter of the Transformers story:

‘The story is going in a different direction now. Ehren Kruger is writing it for us, and we’re starting to engage, but I can’t say anything more.’

Goodman’s not kidding when he said “different direction”. This movie is said to be a reboot of sorts with not only LaBeouf exiting, but the entire original, non-robot cast as well.

The bad news is mostly Kruger’s return. It’s said that the new film will be like the last hour of ‘Dark of the Moon’, which means all action, no plot, and less silly humor. This is bad news for me because the third Transformers film was a total waste of time. The plot ended after Act I, and the rest was mindless explosions and robots beating on each other. Some people don’t expect much more from Michael Bay’s movies, but when I go to the theater, I like a good story to go with my action. I basically paid to watch a 25-minute movie and a long, drawn out battle scene that resulted in a nap.

How do you feel about this entirely new direction for ‘Transformers 4’? Are you glad to see Shia go, or are you devastated? And are you excited to see more robots beating on each other for literally an entire movie? Sound off in the comments!