Transformers 4 is headed for the final frontier, according to director Michael Bay. When asked by The Los Angeles Times recently if the new story will involve a departure from Earth, Bay replied: “I think so, yeah, a little... That feels like the way to go, doesn’t it? I want to go a littleoff [Earth] but I don’t want to go toosci-fi. I still want to keep it grounded. That’s what works in these movies, that’s what makes it accessible.”
Exactly, because if the Transformers franchise goes too far off-planet then it might stretch credulity. It could even risk tarnishing the gritty documentary realism Bay worked so hard to create in the first three movies. The otherwise sober notion of giant transforming alien robots might even start to seem... silly?
Bay told the LA Times that his next Transformersmovie (which will be his last) will not be a reboot, as rumours had suggested, but will nevertheless veer off in new directions and feature a new cast. Some of the Transformers themselves will also be redesigned (allowing for a new line of Hasbro toys).
“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.”
Transformers 4 is currently without a script. It does have a release date, though: 29 June, 2014.