It’s not like Michael Bay hasn’t said this before, but maybe this time he means it. In an interview with Hero Complex regarding his involvement in Universal’s ‘Transformers: The Ride 3D,’ Bay made a quick mention about the 4th film in the ‘Transformers’ universe and how it will not only be his final one in the franchise but that it will also set up the next film for another director.
There’s not been too much news about the sequel except what slipped out of producer’s Lorenzo di Bonaventura when he spilt the beans and told MTV that the 4th film would be a reboot hybrid. In other words, it would have the same continuity of the previous films with the majority of the new cast having not appeared in the previous movies. We also know that the film will be released in June, it’s being written by Ehren Kruger (who wrote ‘The Ring’ movies and the last two ‘Transformers’ movies) and that the story will be more serious and will set up a new story arc.
Now Bay has given us what we already know then some. He confirmed that we’ll be seeing an entirely new cast and a new look to some of the robots. Here’s the quote from Hero Complex:
The director, by the way, says that the fourth film will include some redesign of the robots and an entirely new cast. He also said it will be his last and set the franchise up “for the next guy.”
Are we to believe this is truly his last film? Who knows? ‘Transformers’ is major money making machine for Universal and Hasbro and the money seemed to be one of the motivators for Bay to take the deal for this film. But then again, with his reboot of the ‘Ninja Turtles’ (remember they will no longer be teenage nor even mutant) coming up, he could just not be available to direct another ‘Transformers’ film.
As it’s never too early to think about who will take the reins from Bay once ‘Transformers 4’ is done, who do you think would be able to slide into the director’s chair? Hmm…Wonder if Peter Berg is available…