Following fan worries over the word “reboot” being used to describe the recently-announced Transformers 4, producers behind the film have revealed exclusive details in hopes of explaining the film’s timeline in relation to the massively-successful (financially, anyway) first three Transformer movies.
The fourth Transformers film will ditch Shia LaBeouf as the series lead in favor of Oscar-nominated actor Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg and will pick up four years after the all-out war in Chicago in the trilogy’s finale, “Dark of the Moon”. Michael Bay had this to say of the plot:
“The movie is going to continue four years from the attack on Chicago, which was in the last movie. It’s going to have the same lineage, but it’s going in a full new direction. It actually feels very natural how it’s going in that direction… We’re doing a lot of things that are really going to make it fresh and feel new.”
It would seem that those behind the film hope to keep the first trilogy’s fans on board and involved in the universe by continuing to operate within the same world, however wish to breathe some fresh air into the series, which would explain the drastic shift in main character.
Eager Transformer fans still have a long while to wait for the next installment in the robot action series. Production for the fourth film is not set to begin until spring of 2013 and the film is slated to hit theaters on June 27, 2014.