It came as a shock that Michael Bay would be following the big-budget blockbuster Transformers: Dark of the Moon with a smaller budgeted fact-based flick, Pain and Gain. Now that the filmmaker has completed principal photography with his $20 million passion project, he will be getting back to work with Transformers 4.
The film wonâ€™t see the return of the principal human cast and there may be a reason for it. In an interview with the LA Times, not only did Bay say that the fourth film could take place in space, but to describe Transformers 4 as a reboot would not be accurate.
Here is the full quote:
â€œItâ€™s not a reboot, thatâ€™s maybe the wrong word. I donâ€™t want to say reboot because then people will think weâ€™re doing a Spider-Man and starting from the beginning. Weâ€™re not. Weâ€™re taking the story that youâ€™ve seen â€” the story weâ€™ve told in three movies already â€” and weâ€™re taking it in a new direction. But weâ€™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. Heâ€™s been thinking about stuff and now weâ€™re getting back together next week to see what weâ€™ve got and to see if it gels.â€
A previous report confirmed that Transformers 4 will be his last for the franchise, but it also confirmed that a new cast will come into the picture and that the robots will have new designs. Bay even expressed that he would like to take the film into outer space.
â€œI think so, yeah, a little. That feels like the way to go, doesnâ€™t it? I want to go a little off but I donâ€™t want to go too sci-fi. I still want to keep it grounded. Thatâ€™s what works in these movies, thatâ€™s what makes it accessible.”
Seeing how the production budget for reached a whooping $195 million, it is possible that he could be asking for more money for the budget, especially if he wants to set the film in space. Not so, says Bay: â€œOur mandate is to cut about $30 million.â€
An eight-figure cut may seem large at first for any tentpole film, but its peanuts to Bay. So if he really intends to cut the budget by $30 million, it is possible that we could be seeing lesser-known names fill the casting sheet.