Michael Bay Talks Transformers 4 – Previous Robot Cast Redesigned, New Robots & Quitting

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Director Michael Bay was interviewed by Moviefone regarding his upcoming movies; Ninja Turtles and Transformers 4. Mr. Bay had lots to say; specifically how he got into the Transformers Franchise in the first place, how he’s leaving it and redesigning old and introducing new robot characters for Transformers 4.

Well it’s more about how you approach these films, like for example, on “Tranformers,” you already have the built in audience.

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.

Yeah, because then you’re limited in what you can do and what you can show.

Yeah. 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.

I know when you did “Transformers 3,” you were kind of done…

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.

Read the full interview at Moviefone.

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  1. Burnout's Avatar Burnout says

    Too late about f^%king up the franchise butcher bay....you did that once you turned transformers into 2 and half hours of dick n ball jokes and crappy designs and incoherent plots.

  2. Stonecrusher's Avatar Stonecrusher says

    Why do I feel like the only way we'll get a new director for Transformers was if Michael Bay disappeared somehow?

  3. bignick1693's Avatar bignick1693 says

    I have respect for they guy. He tries to improve. Dotm made up for rotf. Sounds like 4 going to be good. I'm glad the Sam story is done. He wasn't needed after the first movie.

  4. Stryker055's Avatar Stryker055 says

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Burnout View Post
    Too late about f^%king up the franchise butcher bay....you did that once you turned transformers into 2 and half hours of dick n ball jokes and crappy designs and incoherent plots.
    So can this be the only post of its kind in the thread? Can we be done with these idiotic comments now? It stopped being cool and funny long ago.

    I'll buy that he does have an attachment to Transformers, but I know that the only reason he came back is for all the money to be made. I'm looking forward to how extensive these "redesigns" will be...

  5. caecae22's Avatar caecae22 says

    I think its funny how he says he doesnt want too see any one F*#king up the franchise , yet i personally think thats what hes done.

  6. Maximo Prime's Avatar Maximo Prime says

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Stryker055 View Post
    So can this be the only post of its kind in the thread? Can we be done with these idiotic comments now? It stopped being cool and funny long ago.

    I'll buy that he does have an attachment to Transformers, but I know that the only reason he came back is for all the money to be made. I'm looking forward to how extensive these "redesigns" will be...
    Agreed. Haters coming into this thread just to rain on the parade, you're being fucking obnoxious. It doesn't bother me at all that you don't like the movies. But FFS you're only coming in here to whine, bitch, moan, and troll.

  7. Autoboticon's Avatar Autoboticon says

    Why the hell do you give a guy the rights to a franchise when he doesn't even know anything about it or like it in the first place!!!!!!!

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