Michael Bay On TRANSFORMERS 4; "There's Some Really Cool Sh*t In It"

Michael Bay On TRANSFORMERS 4; "There's Some Really Cool Sh*t In It"

Pain and Gain director Michael Bay recently got the chance to discuss a little bit about his next installment in the hugely successful Transformers franchise, during an interview with the guys over at Moviefone. Be sure to visit our Transformers Hub for more news.

On starting the franchise and how he 'protects the brand':
See, I was not a fan of Transformers [at first]. Hasbro was talking about giving me a whole Transformers story, and I’m like, “If I can do this really real. If I can make them believable, I think I could have something here.” I’m not a Hollywood guy. My friends are normal guys. I’ve got this guy from Texas. He’s like, “Mike, that “Transformers” [movie] seems like a dumb idea.” And I’m like, “Yeah, I know, but just give it a second.” And then I showed him the shot of the Scorponoks jumping out of the sand with Tyrese [Gibson] running. He saw that image and he went, “I see what you’re doing.” You’ll always have haters, but the last movie? One-hundred-twenty million people saw that movie. There’s still a lot of fans of that franchise. And I’m a huge Transformers fan now, and I protect that brand.

On what Bay wanted the films to accomplish:
[The film] was also to make non-Transformer fans into Transformer fans. I think it was good coming from that perspective that it wasn’t a “fanboy” movie.

On re-designing the Transformers and giving something 'fresh' to the new film:
You know there are a couple of historians of Transformers. I would do my designs of the robots and they’re like, “What if you just add a little bit more ears to Optimus?” But they’re really hands off. We’ve redesigned them in “Transformers 4,” and there’s some really cool sh*t in it. I’m literally redesigning every character, top to bottom. There’s a reason why they’re redesigned, but it’s also to keep it new and fresh to me. I think the fans will appreciate some of this new stuff we have in the movie and some of the new characters.

On continuing the franchise after Dark of the Moon:
Yeah, and this is literally a true story. I went to the [Transformers] ride in Universal, and there’s a two-and-a-half-hour line, and you just see all these kids -- it’s the most popular ride they’ve had since Jurassic Park -- and I’m like... It’s hard to let go of your franchise. You don’t want someone to f*ck it up. So I at least wanted to set it up on some good footing. Because you’re going to get a different kind of director [who is] not going to want to follow in my footsteps. Directors feel very territorial. So they’re going to go to a more inexperienced director. It’s just the way Hollywood works. And I’m thinking, “God, so I’ll redesign it, set it up... Someone’s gonna f*ck this up. This is way too big of a thing.” And I’m looking at all these kids and I’m like, “F*ck, I gotta do one more.” And then I brought Mark [Wahlberg] into it. So now we’ve got a movie star, we’ve got full redesigns. At least it’ll be on good footing.

Additionally, Bay also spoke about the next TMNT film and how it doesn't wildly deviate from its source material as originally thought. Check out what he had to say about that below. For the full interview from the director, be sure to hit the source link. Be sure to stay tuned to CBM as more news follows.

On the next TMNT film and how Bay listens to his fans:
There was that quote saying that we’re making [the Ninja Turtles as] aliens. We’re not. It’s the ooze! It’s from the original source material. These are from the original writers, and I never went out to correct myself in the press. I do listen to the fans and I do want this to be authentic. I think they’re going to be really happy with this movie. When I see the digital stuff, the turtles look great.

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StarlordX - 4/27/2013, 8:43 PM
ahhmynuts - 4/27/2013, 8:43 PM
he doesnt give a flying f*ck about fan boys and thats awesome
TayDee - 4/27/2013, 8:43 PM
There was a lot of cool shit in the first trilogy. They were all still shit movies.
supermarioworldE - 4/27/2013, 8:44 PM
And that ladies and gentlemen is the textbook definition of a Michael Bay movie. "Some really cool shite". Well played sir.
M3T4LL0 - 4/27/2013, 8:44 PM
BOOM BOOM BAY YOU SUCK!!! By cool sh!t you mean more explosions and more cluster[frick]ed battle scenes? His quote alone in the title just proves how oblivious he really [frick]ing is.
thorhulk77 - 4/27/2013, 8:47 PM
Sure thing Bay.
AmazingFantasy - 4/27/2013, 8:52 PM
Ah good ol' Bay

soberchimera - 4/27/2013, 8:52 PM
Well at least the Ninja Turtles won't be aliens. AND he's not directing it.
thorhulk77 - 4/27/2013, 8:54 PM

Its in the hands of a crappy director who did movies like Clash if the Titans.
thorhulk77 - 4/27/2013, 8:55 PM
Excuse me, Wrath of the Titans.
ALegendaryPanda - 4/27/2013, 8:58 PM
Ninja Turtles & Transformers 4 in the same summer. This is gonna be interesting...
Vaportrail - 4/27/2013, 9:00 PM
I should hope so, Mr. Bay.
"Really cool s***" is the reason I keep coming back.

Seriously, I've been skipping the first half hour of DotM to get to the good stuff. We don't need history lessons, we don't need day-in-the-life-of, boy-meets-world crap. Get to the freakin' monkey.
Lawliet - 4/27/2013, 9:00 PM

wow bay you pretty much [frick]ed it up already,

you and paul ws. adnerson should be banned for making movies
scootaloo - 4/27/2013, 9:04 PM
Well at least he's got integrity.
CaptainHulk3 - 4/27/2013, 9:06 PM
Only way I would watch another michel (destroyer of BRANDS) bay transformers movie is we get the dinobots & it would be a redbox rental only after there was nothing left on thanksgiving eve!!! Just so the inlaws could sit on the coach & be (fricking) quiet!!!!
Supes17 - 4/27/2013, 9:07 PM
Lmao I [frick]ing love michael Bay.
He's like the honey badger. He doesnt give a [frick] what people have to say he just does whatever the [frick] he wants lol
JoeMomma29 - 4/27/2013, 9:13 PM
Great I got a sneak peak at all that awesome $hit in the movie!

ThatOneDude - 4/27/2013, 9:15 PM
Shut the [frick] up Bay
pro346 - 4/27/2013, 9:17 PM
So does this mean whedon will rip off the ending of transformers 4 like he did with dark of the moon? And the fan boys will declare it a masterpeice? Avengers 2 anyone......let the hate commence, truth hurts.
Pontius888 - 4/27/2013, 9:17 PM
Bay please get out of this earth and NEVER COMEBACK!!!!
TonyChu - 4/27/2013, 9:18 PM
Give us a movie with the War of Cybertron as the story arc and your in business.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 4/27/2013, 9:29 PM
He hasn't made a single good movie.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 4/27/2013, 9:37 PM
A yes I forgot about that.
FishTacoLover - 4/27/2013, 9:45 PM
am i the only one who liked all the transformers movies. Don't get me wrong they're not cinematic masterpieces but they kept me entertained.Maybe it's cuz I never liked the old transformers show that much.
ALegendaryPanda - 4/27/2013, 9:49 PM
This scene was pretty amazing though. Probably my favorite the whole movie.

eleven59 - 4/27/2013, 10:15 PM
"There's Some Really Cool Sh*t In It"

at least he's honest... like they say: you can use a good camera, frame it nicely, backlight it perfectly, gel the light... it's still sh*t...

Jolt17 - 4/27/2013, 10:15 PM
"You don't want someone to [frick] it up," and it's coming from the person who has [frick]ed it up in the first place. And Bay, people who become "fans" of the franchise thanks to the movies are, like you, most likely not the truest fan of the franchise. Perhaps someone who knows how to get the Transformers brand back to the right track equals to [frick]ing up the franchise to him, but of course, I'd rather that other person [frick] up the franchise for him if so, then.

There were some "cool sh*ts" in the first three movies - I admit, the first designs of the robots excited me a lot, and the movies overall had their moments - but there were too much butchering of the material source that out balance them, too. Really, Bay...I won't care about these anymore. Words about each of his Transformers outing have always been the same (it's going to be dark, no more dorky humor, et cetera), yet I haven't seen that being proven, so far.

And about Ninja Turtles...until this point, I've done a good job at not giving a single [frick] about it. But well, not aliens after all, yes? I'll wait until the spoilers of the movie hit (yes, I'll do it for this one movie), and if they REALLY are not aliens, then they'll eventually get my money.
darkrider1 - 4/27/2013, 10:16 PM
sinthegreat - 4/27/2013, 10:16 PM
Uwe boll should direct transformers.
YoungThanos - 4/27/2013, 10:30 PM

@darkrider1, you're the only person who think we're all asking for that.

Please stop confusing "modern crap" with "modern quality"

As for kids I could easily buy the a video game or take them to an amusement park the day of this crappy sequels release and they'd be a lot happier.
CaptainAmerica1945 - 4/27/2013, 10:35 PM
I had to sit through Transformers 3, so the question is, do I really trust Bay??

No!!! (just in case you were wondering!)
YoungThanos - 4/27/2013, 10:42 PM
SMH @ this arrogant pr*ck claiming that he's doing one more for the kid$$$.

Yes time to put more stereotypical bots and Devastator balls on the big screen so that other directors won't "f*ck it up"

beane2099 - 4/27/2013, 11:07 PM
The end of Avengers was based on The Ultimates vol 1 more than anything else. If ya wanna say they took a little from Bay's style, I'll accept that. But that Ultimates story came out way before Dark of the Moon. Now if you want to say they ripped off episode I with all the Chitauri dopping simultaneously because their control ship got blowed up, I won't argue with that one.
flames809 - 4/27/2013, 11:15 PM
who cares he makes good films that get lots $$$$$$ and prove me wrong on his films making lot of money. show me one of his films failing in the box office... and i cant wait for transformers 4 and tmnt.
TheAbomination - 4/27/2013, 11:17 PM
You don't want someone to f*ck it up!! Lol anyone else think Bay is trolling the internet with that comment?
flames809 - 4/27/2013, 11:22 PM
and he is right his transformers film have fans reason why those amount of people saw besides some of his haters that also saw it.
Jobin - 4/27/2013, 11:25 PM
"cool stuff in this one"

funny gifs
jasonicus - 4/27/2013, 11:34 PM
Like explosions and robots that are so busy you can't tell where their faces are.
Comicmoviesrlz - 4/27/2013, 11:59 PM
Did he direct The Rock. I not sure he did. Did he?
Azazel1 - 4/28/2013, 12:54 AM
I won't be seeing another Micheal Bay Transformer's film, am still considering a lawsuit to get my 25 Euros back from the last one...
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