Complete overhaul in store for ‘Transformers 4’, says Michael Bay

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transformers-4-michael-bayThe Transformers trilogy may have been a box office success but it certainly wasn’t without its faults. Just as director Michael Bay, who often took the brunt of the public’s criticism for his explosion-based direction of the three films.

Last year it was announced that Michael Bay would be at the head of Transformers 4 — essentially a reboot, as the team plans to replace the entire cast and head in a fresh direction with the story (although they’ll continue from the story seen in the first three films).

Bay recently spoke with Forbes to discuss his intentions for Transformers 4, immediately commenting on just how different the film will be from its predecessors:

“We’re going to start off smaller. There’s a brand new cast. To freshen the franchise we’ve redesigned everything from top to bottom. The history of the first three movies is still there, we start four years later and there’s a reason why we’re meeting a new cast.”

But it won’t be a reboot, says Bay:

“We keep the Transformers the way they were, it’s just four years later. There’s a reason the Transformers are redesigned. We’re trying to broaden the franchise and give it more places to go.”

It’s a tough call here. On one hand, we can understand why they’d want to continue the success of the Transformers franchise. It was big money for them, if not the best ratings. However, this is as close to a reboot as it gets… and we’re not sure that Transformers is ready for a reboot.

Transformers 4 is set to hit theaters on June 27th, 2014.

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