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.
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.
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