Michael Bay Talks Transformers 4 – Peter Cullen Is Returning As Optimus Prime

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More Transformers 4 news pouring in. Michael Bay recently spoke with the Huffington Post and revealed that the series will pick up where it left off in Chicago — with Peter Cullen back as the voice of Optimus Prime. Mr. Bay also addressed the number one question people ask about him these days, concerning the Transformers Franchise; “Why is he returning for Transformers 4?”

Why do you want to do it? I was under the impression that you were done after “Transformers 3”?
I thought I was done. Then the ride came out [at Universal Studios Hollywood] and the two-and-a-half-hour lines. And then you’re thinking, Oh my God, someone’s going to take this over. And you start doing a lot of soul-searching. Like, OK, I’m about to do a little movie, “Pain & Gain” … and the studio says they want to restart the franchise. And someone could come in here and screw it up, you know? So I’m thinking that if I do this last one, we set it on a new footing, we change a lot of things — but we keep the history of the three in place. But we broaden it so it can be set up and be carried on — it would have a better chance for survival, I guess. You know?

So with the plot of “Transformers 4,” it’s not like the other three movies didn’t happen? It’s not a reboot?
No. We’re basically taking from the history of where it was — or where we left it in Chicago. And we’re going to carry it on from there.

I spoke to Peter Cullen at Comic Con earlier this year. He said he doesn’t know if he’s going to be back as the voice of Optimus Prime or not. He’ll be back, right?
Of course! Of course.

You can read the entire interview at Huffington Post.

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  1. Lbsammills51's Avatar Lbsammills51 says

    I always find it interesting how often he states "me/my" or "I/I'm" in regards to what he's working on and his techniques in interviews. Statements like "...I'm in the middle of launching my three TV shows..." reads a bit different for me than just saying "I'm in the middle of launching three TV shows..."

  2. SilverOptimus's Avatar SilverOptimus says

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    Originally Posted by Lbsammills51 View Post
    I always find it interesting how often he states "me/my" or "I/I'm" in regards to what he's working on and his techniques in interviews. Statements like "...I'm in the middle of launching my three TV shows..." reads a bit different for me than just saying "I'm in the middle of launching three TV shows..."
    It's normal. For any Director, whatever he or she is working on is his or her baby. It's something they are very proud of. That's why they address their projects as "My/Mine".

  3. eagc7's Avatar eagc7 says

    tyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees

  4. Brodimus Prime's Avatar Brodimus Prime says

    With all due respect, Mr. Bay, the franchise doesn't need you to give it "lasting legs." Before you came along Transformers had a television show whose ratings were tops for its age range and time slot (before CN moved it to 6 am), toys for said series were best-sellers, adult collectors were being treated to new collector's edition reissues of old toys on US shelves, and the new TF comic book was selling like hot cakes. What you have done has altered Transformers forever, so that Bumblebee will never again be the spunky little bot with the can-do attitude, but will be the mute muscle car. You've made such a rich franchise more about giant explosions than rich characters and mythology. I'll admit that you did a much better job with Dark of the Moon, but I really wish you had left well enough alone and walked away satisfied. While I was pleased to see live action incarnations of Transformers, I really wish you would just stop.

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