Michael Bay Discusses TRANSFORMERS 4 Story; Confirms Lower Budget

The director reveals that his fourth Transformers installment may go beyond Earth, while also confirming that the budget will be lower this time around. Additionally, Steve Jablonsky is set to score the fourquel.

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By Paul Romano - 6/21/2012

While speaking with the LA Times' Hero Complex, director Michael Bay discusses his fourth entry in the highly successful Transformers movie franchise. He confirms that the film (which he says will be his last Transformers film, and will feature some robot redesigns) will have a different cast from the first three films, but will still be a continuation of the story. “It’s not a reboot, that’s maybe the wrong word,” Bay 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. But we’re leaving those three as the history. It all still counts. I met with the writer before I went off to do ‘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.”

Concerning the new story, Bay hints at a possible departure from Earth. “I think so, yeah, a little,” he said. “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. I still want to keep it grounded.That’s what works in these movies, that’s what makes it accessible.”

And Bay also reveals that the budget will likely be decreased this time around. “It’s going to be less, actually,” the director says. “Our mandate is to cut about $30 million.” For comparison, 2007's Transformers had a $150M budget, 2009's Revenge Of The Fallen had $200M, and last year's Dark Of The Moon had a slightly lower $195M budget. So expect a budget of $165-170M this time around.

In other Transformers 4 news, composer Steve Jablonsky (who scored the last three installments in the franchise) has updated his official website, confirming that he will score the fourth film. Michael Bay is currently editing his recently wrapped project Pain And Gain (starring Dwayne Johnson and Mark Walhberg).

Transformers 4 is set to hit theaters June 27th, 2014.

Source: Hero Complex
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GreenHalJordan - 6/21/2012, 3:29 PM
I still think they should leave it, but whatever. It would be cool if they try to take back Cybertron and repair it, but the Decepticons want that too. Either way itll be giant robots fighting.
xStarLordx - 6/21/2012, 3:29 PM
Michael Bay should have left after the second movie.
mob7medina - 6/21/2012, 3:40 PM
this movie will suck almost as bad as Bays "alien" Ninja turtles movie
GolfWangNGOD - 6/21/2012, 3:42 PM
@IronManFan10 Micheal Bay should have never done this [frick]ing franchise.
GolfWangNGOD - 6/21/2012, 3:44 PM
Why is it whenever I say [frick], why does it do that? The frick thing? Why can VenomSpawn do it?
LucasMend - 6/21/2012, 3:44 PM
Awesome to hear Jablonsky is back, love his work. Some cybertron transformers would be cool. Weird too know that TF3 had a lower budget than TF2, TF3 had lots of alien stuff going on and destruction
GolfWangNGOD - 6/21/2012, 3:44 PM
@grif The ONLY thing I agree with you on.
GolfWangNGOD - 6/21/2012, 3:45 PM
@LucasMend I KNOW RIGHT?!?!
GolfWangNGOD - 6/21/2012, 3:47 PM
What could have made TF3's budget lower than it's predecessors? I mean, did you see that shit?
marvel72 - 6/21/2012, 3:52 PM
why the lower budget,it'll make the money back.
third3ye - 6/21/2012, 3:54 PM
Michael Bay - "I still want to keep it grounded."

bobevanz - 6/21/2012, 3:58 PM
"I want to go a little off 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.”
That why we hate him, it should be the opposite dummy.
Tony93 - 6/21/2012, 3:58 PM
How will the budget be less if they are taking the bots beyond Earth? wouldn't that mean less screentime for humans and more screentime for the bots? thus they need all the money they can get in order to create an astounding image of the "beyond Earth" story route..
valeriesghost - 6/21/2012, 4:00 PM
@72 Its gonna make the same amount no matter the budget, cutting out $30 million is instant profit.
CaptainObvious - 6/21/2012, 4:01 PM
"Concerning the new story, Bay hints at a possible departure from Earth. “I think so, yeah, a little,” he said. “That feels like the way to go, doesn’t it?"

You should have done that in the first movie. Wait, but that would mean the U.S military would have to sit it out.

"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."

What story? You haven't told a story in any of these movies. They're devoid of narrative and plot. By the way, a reboot is exactly what you said. It's when a story that has already been told is taken in a new direction. Batman Begins did it and so will Amazing Spider-Man. Also, am I the only one who finds it ironic that he says this franchise is being taken in a new direction when he is still the director?

Sorry for ranting. Had to get it out of my system.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 6/21/2012, 4:02 PM
LAXtremest - 6/21/2012, 4:09 PM
I loved the first one, except the Witwicky family. Second one was terrible. The 3rd was terrible until the last hour.
superotherside - 6/21/2012, 4:13 PM
Just get another director and I can guarantee the franchise will be worth watching then. :)
pro346 - 6/21/2012, 4:13 PM
I can see it costing more to make than the last one......movies always go over budget just look at mib3! It doesn't make a difference it will earn boatloads of $$$$$ anyway.
Asterisk - 6/21/2012, 4:14 PM
So making it focused on Earth and not being Sci-Fi is what works, according to Bay? Kill this man, please.
TheBatman938865 - 6/21/2012, 4:22 PM
no other people...just transformers...no human bullshit..just give me robots
Comix - 6/21/2012, 4:24 PM
I wonder what Nolan would do to the franchise lol.
Devastator335 - 6/21/2012, 4:26 PM
@TheBatman938865: Well said; screw the humans, focus on the transformers, please!
xNightwingx - 6/21/2012, 4:30 PM
I like Michael Bay and all three TF movies. Good Summer popcorn flicks with tons of action.
BubblesShedAndBreakfast - 6/21/2012, 4:39 PM
Wait this means no more Shia running, falling, and spitting everywhere when he talks! Don't forget he's always saying " go go go, run, it's ok! Through out all the movies! So I guess a kinda small "yay" is in order. Wait we still have Bay?! Damn!!
musashi - 6/21/2012, 4:47 PM
It's not a reboot .... That will be the NEXT movie
DEADP0000L - 6/21/2012, 4:55 PM
low budget lol few cash here and there and maybe over there. and there.. and there and so on and so on.
LancerEvo - 6/21/2012, 5:11 PM
Take it off Earth, bring them back home to Cybertron, make them face off against Unicron, bring back Megatron as Galvatron. If this is indeed gonna be the last TF live-action movie, then they better go balls out and make the finale memorable!
DioFoRio - 6/21/2012, 5:11 PM
I want more chujuaua and Parental comedy....and someone to tell me how to spell chujuaua correctly.
Screwger - 6/21/2012, 5:11 PM
Actually first film was pretty cool, second didn't exist for me, third one was dumb as F-k but had the best action. Even if we are all hate BoomBay he can combine the best from the first(which is not humans for sure) and action of Dark of the Moon(oh common guys when Prime flying and shooting to your face in Good 3D is always exiting).So, hire a new writer , minimize humans(zero probably good time), Bring the action to Cybertron in good 3D, delete the giant balls and racism jokes and maybe...maybe it will be good.
P.S. If you read my comment, probably you get that I am angry robot that hates human race.
FilmsFan - 6/21/2012, 5:24 PM
Now thats how u make people laugh.....

"We wanted to CONTINUE our STORY, you know; the STORY, that STORY, the STORY of...., aaa the one, the one great STORY about PEACEFUL RACE OF METALLIC BEINGS, ya that STORY. & guess what.... We want to CONTINUE that. That awesome STORY, the STORY that changed the world, it teached us about ROBOTS and aaaaa hmmm other great things like "How to BlowUp a Building but still not blowing it". You know THAT iconic STORY CONTINUES"

Thanks BAY for reminding me of the STORY you told!!
OrganizedChaos - 6/21/2012, 5:37 PM
damn it no more Michael Bay!!! just wait 5 years and reboot Transformers
BlueHawaiiSurfer - 6/21/2012, 5:40 PM
Use some of that money on a writer who doesn't finish the script in crayon?!?!
95 - 6/21/2012, 5:40 PM
Horrible films. Dark Of The Moon was the only one with enjoyable moments (very few). Glad they're getting rid of those annoying roles (Jew Agent, Sam, Soldier Guy).
kingshnake - 6/21/2012, 5:41 PM
I agree with Screwger the first one is actually an excellent movie, funny, great action and LaBoeuf is very likeable. And of course MF.
marvelstudios - 6/21/2012, 5:52 PM
can't wait, the TF franchise is my favourite franchise after the MCU
Haduken - 6/21/2012, 5:53 PM
First film was pretty decent.
Second film was a disgrace
Third, hmmm, guilty pleasure.

I don't see where he can go from here, he has completely bastardized every villain.
I think he did do a job job of making Optimus da boss
GreyChaos13Zero - 6/21/2012, 6:11 PM
WarNoodle - 6/21/2012, 6:23 PM
low budget my @ss!!! 30 million less than the last one... its only going to be 170 million thats all. haha. I remember when Water World was the first movie to ever hit 100 million to make. But none the less, I like the transformers series. They are fun and can not be taken seriously at all. Just fun action movie. So bring it!
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