‘Transformers 4’: Michael Bay purges stars, may go into space

June 21, 2012 | 3:07 p.m.
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Michael Bay helps open the entrance to the new Universal Studios Hollywood attraction Transformers: The Ride — 3D. (David Sprague / Universal Studios Hollywood)

There was still an hour before the gates would open at Universal Studios Hollywood, so Michael Bay pretty much had the Autobot universe to himself on Tuesday morning.  First he took two spins through Transformers: The Ride — 3D, the theme park’s just-opened, $100-million digital marvel. Then the 47-year-old filmmaker wandered through Transformers Supply Vault (a store designed to look like the world’s most cheerful military bunker) where even he seemed surprised by its inventory of merchandise that included T-shirts, masks, magnets, patches, coffee cups, books and (of course) plastic toys.

It was all a bit much, but then Bay was presented with a frosty mango-colored energy drink from a Transformers-themed concession stand. “It’s called Energon,” one of the Universal employees chirped, “and it’s the preferred fuel of the Transformers.” Nearby, a Universal dancer wearing an elaborate Bumblebee costume began to shimmy and groove — even as the Hollywood version of the character hammed it up on a blaring wall screen in the gift ship.

Remember the old theme song? “Transformers, more than meets the eye … “  It may be time for a new jingle, perhaps: “Transformers, as far as the eye can see … “ That’s especially the case with Bay turning his attention to a fourth installment that Paramount Pictures is looking to release in the summer of 2014. That news will be met by groans of metal fatigue from film critics but the numbers from the third film, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” show the public feels differently — the film stands as the fifth-highest grossing film of all time in worldwide box office.

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Kids meet Bumblebee as they enter the park. (Universal Studios Hollywood)

“It’s kind of daunting and scary — you want to try to keep it going, to match what’s come before,” Bay said with a rare flash of self-doubt, or something close to it. “We’ve accomplished a lot [with the first three films] but that doesn’t mean you get anything handed to you or that you’ve got everything figured out.”

After talking for years about making a dark, offbeat tale, Bay finally did it with the $20-million black comedy “Pain and Gain,” which wrapped this month in South Florida and stars Mark Wahlberg  and Dwayne Johnson as bodybuilders who embark on a criminal career with ludicrous and horrific consequences. Bay is now editing the film, which is based on a 1999 Miami New Times series by Pete Collins, but next week he goes back to his signature brand and the task of getting Optimus primed for a new kind of “Transformers.”

transformersposter Transformers 4’: Michael Bay purges stars, may go into spaceBay says the film will veer off into new directions but keep the important things. Translation: There will be different human actors delivering the reaction shots when Optimus Prime makes a speech or Bumblebee channels some classic Motown. In a way it’s like “Star Trek” — the crew might change but the Enterprise gets the glamor shots.

“It’s a new cast,” Bay said with a matter-of-fact tone. “We’ve moving on to something different.”

Yes, that means the hard-luck saga of Sam Witwicky ends with a doorstep scene in the rain. Shia LeBeouf’s  character was modeled on Marty McFly of “Back to the Future” and has a lot in common with Peter Parker, that other scrappy, misunderstood underdog with a special destiny that includes unlikely girlfriends. Tobey Maguire couldn’t stick for Sony’s fourth Spider-Man movie but at least his character will. Not so with Sam Witwicky, who already had faded away from Bay’s Polaroid picture. (LeBeouf made it clear months ago that neither he nor Bay were coming back to the franchise and, well, he was half right.)

As the director proved with the banishment of Megan Fox, he will brook no dissent on the set.  And (with assurances s a $75-million payday for just one of the films) Bay is the only human cog who is as important as the big clanging robots in the title.

Bay hinted that the story might move into the future somewhat and, in an earlier Hero Complex interview, he mentioned that there would be some redesign of the robots (which would mean waves of new toys, welcome news to Hasbro) but he said it is incorrect to call the new film a reboot.

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Michael Bay on the set of “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” (Jaimie Trueblood/Paramount Pictures)

“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. I met with the writer before I went off to do ‘Pain and Gain’ and we talked about a bunch of ideas. We let that simmer for a bit. He’s been thinking about stuff and now we’re getting back together next week to see what we’ve got and to see if it gels.”

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Transformers toy sales surged with the tie-in to Hollywood films. (Hasbro)

Could the new story involve a departure from Earth? “I think so, yeah, a little,” Bay said. “That feels like the way to go, doesn’t it? I want to go a little off but I don’t want to go too sci-fi. I still want to keep it grounded.That’s what works in these movies, that’s what makes it accessible.”

Also, setting any extended section of the film on, say, the ancient planet of Cybertron would jack up the cost of the visual effects, and Bay has been told he won’t be getting a production budget as large as he did for “Dark of the Moon.”

“It’s going to be less, actually,” Bay said. “Our mandate is to cut about $30 million.”

Together, the three Bay-directed “Transformers” films have piled up a Megatron-sized total in global box office — it’s north of $2.6 billion — and exerted considerable influence on Hollywood’s visual-effects films and action storytelling.  Bay’s trademarks are quick cuts, angles that amplify kinetic possibilities, a wicked sense of  timing and a passion of all thing sleek and fast. Fair or not, all of that (plus the filmmaker’s fondness for strip-club portrayals of women and his imperious reputation) has made Bay’s name a Hollywood shorthand for making movies with noxious smoke and vanity mirrors.

A different view is offered by Steven Spielberg, the franchise producer who coaxed a then-skeptical Bay into directing the first “Transformers” film. The three-time Oscar-winner told Entertainment Weekly that Bay has “invented a genre and he’s got the secret formula.” That formula can be hard for some people to swallow and keep down, Spielberg said another time, speaking with Variety: “You can either look at his imagery as assaultive, transformative, or deliriously entertaining.”

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Michael Bay, flanked by performers in Autobot costumes, in front of the just-opened Transformers: The Ride — 3D. (David Sprague / Universal Studios Hollywood)

Guess which one the film critics usually select? Village Voice film critic Dan Kois wrote that Bay’s last movie really gets inside your head: “Your brain cells perish by the thousands, their howls of agony lost to the cacophony inside your skull.” Apparently, the moviegoers of the world  are cool with cerebral catastrophe as long as there’s buttered popcorn and Junior Mints; CinemaScore audiences gave the film an “A” grade.

Bay says this next “Transformers” film will “absolutely” be his last, but he said the same thing while making the third one; and, before that, he predicted his departure would come right after the second’s film’s completion. Why does he keep going back? The writers strike hobbled the second movie, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” and the final product was “kind of a mess” (his words) so pride bought him back with something to prove. This time, he has said, he returned partly because so many people rely on the franchise as an economic engine now that he felt walking away would have been like shutting down a town factory.

There’s also the simple fact that the space robot saga has grown on him — why else would he have jetted down to Florida to work with the creative team behind the new Universal Studios attraction?

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Megan Fox as Mikaela Banes and Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky in 2007’s “Transformers.” (Robert Zuckerman / DreamWorks)

“When I went to Orlando they laid out the things that they could do,” Bay said. “And I loved it, the engineering of it. They have this stuff down, they know what they’re doing. I really like that. They said, ‘We’ve got this space, this size and we’ve got these flight simulators, we think this is the track play-out to get the most bang for the buck. There’s two elevators in there so we could do some rising up and some drops.’ The thing they needed was a story to fit in there.”

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A “Transformers” comic book published this year. (IDW Publishing)

The story is all of four minutes, or course,  and with the velocity inside, it’s all verb and simple enough to be understood by an audience (representing a wide age and cultural range) that is being whisked at whiplash speed through the spectacle and mayhem in the dark. This is what Bay does and will soon do again. Does that make him a pandering hack? Or a visual savant and throwback to the Old Hollywood crowd-pleasers who are adored by the same Cahiers du Cinema crowd that snub the Witwicky of blockbusters.

After his second ride, the director nodded his chin north toward the past and connected a few more dots. “I started my career on the other side of that stage wall on a Nike commercial, right next door,” Bay said. “I graduated film school [at Art Center College of Design] in 1989 so that was maybe … 1992? It’s was literally just over there, right next door.”

The commercials (which included a truly classic “Got Milk” spot) and his music videos (“I Touch Myself” for the Divinyls and “Do It To Me” for Lionel Ritchie among them) led to his first feature, 1995’s “Bad Boys,” which introduced Hollywood to the idea that a young television star named Will Smith just might make a good action-film hero. Bay made five more movies over the next decade: “The Rock,” “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Bad Boys II” and “The Island.” The first two were major hits, two of the last three were notorious disappointments, and then came “Transformers” and its measure of commercial safety.

Asked if he really thinks he will be able to walk away from a franchise right after he’s reshaped it, Bay looked genuinely surprised. “Here’s the thing, it’s tough to find someone who’s done these kind of movies and to have the complication of creating the new stuff that needs to be in this movie — not just characters but a new type of action, I hope — and that’s a lot for someone new to bite off. And so after this one I will leave it in the best hands possible. That’s the plan.”

— Geoff Boucher


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69 Responses to ‘Transformers 4’: Michael Bay purges stars, may go into space

  1. steve says:

    whatever. this guy loves to throw everyting and the Kitsch-en sink onto the screen. so much you can't see what is going on.

    • guest says:

      he killed Ironhide, Jazz, Wheeljack, Starscream, Megatron, Shockwave, etc. What the hell is left to do?

      This guy is a disaster.

  2. Joseph L Cooke says:

    Too bad these talented folks can't crank out low budget action flicks once a week. People are more than willing to pay full price to see B-popcorn movies each week. If there were a steady stream of these films, people would have a reason to go to the movies, unlike last week, this week, and, next week. The week after that comes Spiderman.

  3. steven morgan says:

    would not change actors. This new movie could be a total flop. Stick with what works, what keeps the cash flowing.

  4. RexSaigon says:

    There's only one other kitsch-y director capable of taking over this franchise for at least a fifth installment and that's Peter Berg. His experience with kitsch (AND Kitsch) have now proven he's not averse to bombastic action films that don't necessarily perform well the box office. If he took over Transformers down the road, I doubt you'd notice much difference after the transition.

  5. mattinacan says:

    michael bay is the reason the Engineers turned on us

  6. Mr. Lee says:

    Without Megan Fox Transformers movies aren't worth the price to me. Steven Spielberg made a big mistake when he told Michael Bay to fire her. I didn't know what a great actress Megan Fox was until I saw her replacement in Transformers 3. Steven Spielberg is the reason the Engineers turned on us.

    • garrett boykin says:

      yea but movies an acting all colmnate at the poeple playing the part they must be together for 1 to 2 years and chemistry can fade with time if a director does like using a different cat as a main role mabe for the better good toward a better film an story its evovlving with todays youth yea but i honestly am kinda glad . i hope he dilivers agood movie an make sure is not comepletely 3d an make the actors actaully do there share of acting an less voice overs to animated scenes

    • L.bell says:

      I agree, she is a better action atress.

  7. Jason says:

    Your are a complete “tool” if you think Megan Fox made the first 2 movies what they were. Especially since she was mostly CGI created. It was the story of Sam (originally from cartoon) that was mixed with these sophisticated robots that created a great storyline of human and robot co- existence.

    • joshua says:

      what do you mean CGI created she is as real as any body else

      • justin says:

        jason doesnt know what CGI even is. CGi is typically used to make you actors or actresses look more super model-ish or perfect…CGI does other stuff but im just saying towards his comments of it was used on an actress.. its hard to CGI somebody when there is no visible part of the body to CGI..and that makes you the "TOOL"…and josh if you need a great example of CGI look no further than the movie 300…director was quoted as saying that movie was 80 percent CGI….

  8. steve says:

    it shouldnt take this long to make a 4th installment of the transformers movies 2014 are they nuts it should be here every year in july new transformers movies thats what makes people loose interest if they dont keep the movies going. hello

    • Phillip Roberts says:

      I Agree With You!!!! No Lie or Joke!!!!

    • Rapidfyrez says:

      Except Transformers already had a large following before the movies and has always had its own TV show. Just because Michael Bay takes a little longer to shit out another flop doesn't mean people will forget the transformers

      • garrett says:

        the more cgi an less acting in the movie the more your gonna be more dissapointed with it dont rush them the more time the better the film

  9. Phillip Roberts says:

    I Seen TransFormers 1 & 2 (Revenge Of The Fallen); & I’ve Heard Of TransFormers 3 (Dark Of The Moon) & I’ve Seen The Trailer(s) About It, But I’ve Never Seen The Movie!

  10. Jordan Moore Sr. says:

    I personally love all of the Transformer's Movies… but I hate that Megan Fox and Shia are leaving… I believe they helped make the movies!

    • Rapidfyrez says:

      Are you an Idiot? They ruined transformers and if they were never in the films you would never notice them. The movies called transformers, not the screaming white kid with his bimbo model girlfriend who has more balls than hime

  11. Average Person says:

    I paid monet to see the first 3. I wont make this mistake again.

    Such terrible movies.

    Michael Bay, please go watch all of the original cartoon series and the cartoon movie. Then make a good movie. Your first 3 were not good.

    Really terrible if devastator cant kill 2 little autobots that are not main characters or from the original cartoon.

    • Rapidfyrez says:

      Or heck watch any of the cartoon series that have come out for transformes. Their more entertaining than his movies that's for sure

    • johnny badilla says:

      look dude the 4th 1 is gonna be more on the robots not humans cant wait till summer of 2014

  12. rob says:

    keep them same cast wont ve the same with out them.love all 3 movies keep it original

    • Rapidfyrez says:

      Your'e right it won't be the same without them, it'll be a huge improvement over the last three dumps he left on us

  13. buti says:

    make Bumbelbee with a sword

  14. buti says:

    make bumbelbee with a sword

  15. Rapidfyrez says:

    Thank God those idiots are finally gone, they killed the good transformers name. Maybe if were lucky we will get some character development some good fight scenes and an actual plot this time. But then again, this is Michael Bay were talking about here, so unlikely.

  16. Adrian says:

    Michael should keep whoever and as many people as he can. Changing cast is going to make it seem like a whole new version of Transformers. As if it is a remake. If any changes should be made they should be done to the Autobots and decepticons. Such as small redesigns. Or maybe some advances in technology featured in the movie. However I wish Michael made Optimus a firetruck like in the cartoon. But it is "Michael Bay's Transformers". Its his movie, which gives him the right to do what he wants. He will never please everyone. He has to do the best he can with what he's got. Which has been pretty good for the majority of the world. So whatever he decides to do will probably be for the best. Good luck to Michael, hopefully the 4th installment doesn't turn out a disappointment.

    • j11 says:

      Optimus prime was not a fire truck in the original cartoon series………

    • leo says:

      the original optimus was a transport truck not a fire truck. that was from the 80's not the 90's. do some research.

      • Bigtee1975 says:

        Optimus was a fire truck in Transformers: Robots in Disguise. There is more to Transformers than G1 people. I grew up in the 80’s (born in 75′) and love G1 like the rest of the purists, but once I got into the other Universes I realized they weren’t so bad.

      • Transformers historian says:

        Optimus was a transport truck on cyberton as well before he was optimus prime. Optimus admired the flying robots and was asulted by them almost killing him but he was brought to alpha trion and was overhauled from Orion packs into optimus prime and the autobot logo is a slave mark.

    • Jam says:

      you suck!

  17. Alexandra says:

    Ramon Rodriguez – Should take Shia's spot! since he was in part 2! :D ittle make m ore sense that grabbing someone we have't seen before!

  18. William Chandler says:

    Look, Bay has screwed up a few times in his movies but the guys admits his mestakes and rebuilds apon them… everyone is still looking at the "Revenge of the Fallen" movie but should be looking at the wounders that Bay has put into his works of "Transformers Dark of the Moon" a very well writen movie though could have been without the death of YET ANOTHER one of the original five that landed in the first movie. I have hunted through fan pages FULL of "predictions" of what Mr.Bay plans to do in the next movie, some say Galvitron some say Unicron… I say LEAVE THE MAN ALONE! Yes it is good to ask for things you want in a movie for all you G1 Peter Cullan fans, and I get that! But yelling to the high heavens and criticizing this man ALONE!!! He did REAL GOOD and returned my personal favorite voiced of Prime, Peter Cullan! Bay will make yet another film for the on going Transformers films for Hasbro and we will judge in 2014. In short I have high hopes for his film and think he is trying to please the fans. Good luck Mr. Bay and do make this one memorable for the Transformer fans!

    -William Chandler

  19. peter parke says:

    OK people you should just leave everything the way it is its stupid how they are telling Mr.Bay to say i love you after he just got over a relationship in the movie they should have waited and they should have just kept the other girl Megan Fox and worked everything out if they keep changing things its never going to work out so just leave the way things are… MICHEAL BAY is doing OK and damn SHIA is HOT.!!! So don't change anything else.

  20. juju says:

    lol optimus a firetruck?. that was rodimus prime, or hot shot before he recieved the matrix.

    • Transformers historian says:

      Ultramagnus revived the matrix from prime upon his death and galvatron took it. Hot rod took it from galvatron while fighting inside unicron and became rodamus prime….

      • Drash says:

        he's referring to the horrible robots in disguise cartoon that played through the late 90s, optimus was this ugly japanese firetruck and the entire show was utterly ridiculous.

  21. Transformers historian says:

    I would like to see some generation two transformers like autobot’s cup and blur and definitely hot rod who becomes optimus successor and changed into a prime. Now for g2 decepticons like scortch and the sweeps and the fallen megatron’s revamp to galvatron. I understand in the 80’s killing off characteres was a way to push in the next line of toys but it is part of the story and key characters. Leaving them out wouldn’t bejust!!!!! How about unicron? More of the mergers or metroplex and fortress maximus? Lets really put some historical perks in for those of us who really grew up on the cartoon those of us between 38 and 32 yrs old so we can see the g2 characteres we loved evolved into live action. All 3 movies were awesome and with bay in charge the 4th will be just as good! I would just like to see some of g2 inthe next production and I would guarantee Sam’s son will replace as lead.

  22. Marko says:

    Bay needs to stop wasting time on small cars andfocus on using jeeps, suvs and trucks for autobots

  23. Russell Johns says:

    great time in Chicago I miss all of you I had a great time quit my job just to be there met Micheal Bay touched optimus prime took great pictures cant wait for T4

  24. Jutin says:

    anyone who has watched the Original cartoons and read the comics getting rid of the sam witwicky (in original comic he was Spike Witwicky)character is a bad move,that character was with the autobots through most of the comics and cartoon so getting rid of that character wouldn't make any sense at all after all Witwicky does become Earths ambassador to Cybertron getting rid of a main character like him would kill the series in my opinion and make for a bad movie.Witwicky is robin to Optimuses Batman or Kato to the Green Hornet you don't get rid of the sidekick.

  25. Michi(ne)-gun says:

    I think the best move for the next installment is to give less screen time to human characters and tell a more compelling story in the robot realm, through the perspective of the robots (and no one else). After all, Transformers is supposed to be about them and not noisy human characters with their egregious attempts at debauchery and humor. Human characters should play secondary roles (which also removes the need to rope in big stars and saves the studio a hefty bill). Write a tighter script veering away from distasteful humor and shallow characters. And add a layer of depth to the story, emphasize more on developing the robots as memorable characters complete with intricate relationships and more dynamism in their portrayal. And subtract that American-pride-salute to the U.S Army/Special Forces (Bay movies seem to over-glorify American military to the point that it tastes burns through your brain cells). Please Bay, listen to what the critics have been crying out for the past decade! It will do you a lot of good.

    Also, it might be a good idea to introduce Unicron as the grandest evil force of destruction.

    • Guest says:

      Michail bay said it would take 7-10 years to create unicron. I mean he's a planet size transformer and since he's so large he has to always be in space. Plus the transforming sequence would be really hard to animate and it would be really long. But I agree he should create Unicron if he could in 2-3 years.

    • Dawnevire Storm says:

      I totaly agree w/you. Your response puts into context in a intelligent & precise way a lot of the same thoughts I have. Bay made movies that have not done the Autobots & the Cons justice becouse he did not hold true to the original spirit of the early cartoons & comics that made it beloved by so many. Let me be blunt: whether someone wants to acknowlage it or not the original Transformers had a moral base. Growing up my concepts of values such as honor,lolaty, & self-sacrifice were formed more by Transformers than by sitting in a pew. They gave visual examples of how we should live. Optimus Prime is the Sir Galahad of this century. Prime is so appealing, at least in part, becouse he is the embodiment of everything good. Something better than ourselves that we can look up to & aspire to how ever imposible that may be to acomplish. This franchise started for kids & it should continue to be safe for them. Any story made should ask the important question: "What are we teaching our veiwers? ,What message are we convaying?" I am proud of the stories I grew up with & happy to share this realm w/my own kids now & I'd like to have movies that don't have sceans that I have to wince & fast forward through when wathching them w/my family. The sceans with scantily clad bodies, ugly naked men's butts, gay dog on dog humping, & refferences to masterbating can be left out. They don't add anything to the movies. Transformers is above all that. I'd say that any succses that the Bay movies have achived is despite Bay being in charge, & bad story plot, & gutter humor, & rather were sucesful becouse the Transformers were in them & the past legacy they carry that fans want to continue.

  26. Wanderlust Scarlett says:

    Excellent article! I thoroughly enjoyed it from top to bottom, in particular, each of the subtle word plays, and only one typo.

    Very well done!



  27. Jamie007 says:

    I never heard about transformers before seeing the trailer for the 1st movie. I never went to see it but everyone I know told to see it. I didn’t see the 1st until after 2nd came out on DVD. I saw the 3rd with brother and loved it. We loved all the movie. So if Michael Bay is making another transformers movie, I bring it on.

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  29. Jay says:

    I love how Bay doesn’t want too much si-fi in the fourth Transformers. God forbid- it’s only a movie about GIANT ALIEN ‘ROBOTS’. And model heroines, of course.

    James Cameron could do an ASTOUNDING job with a film like this- no models, no actors, no annoying red-headed mothers and pot-bellied fathers… Just the War for Cybertron, and all of it’s malicious glory.

    In fact, Spielberg could (ha, ‘would’ is more appropriate) have done a much better job with the franchise, considering he’s a Trans-Fan! The fact that he was hesitant to film one of the movies should be proof enough that he should not be in charge of this utter pandemonium. He keeps going back on his word, time and time again. And although I will NEVER give up on the Transformers themselves, I am at my wit’s END with this director.

  30. jack says:

    Bay i loved all ur transformers movie they are great. they have awesome action. in my opinion i think the first one and the second one is the best. the cast are connected and the robot weapon is way cooler than the third movie because the third movie optimus have to bring weapon with him in the box but the 1 and sec one he can transform in this arm and that awesome. btw love ur movie

  31. Nathan says:

    Sounds legitimate

  32. Michael says:

    I am a huge transformers fan, but I'm not talking about the movies, I'm talking about the G1 cartoon, you know, the one where human characters were marginal, and their appearances were minimal. I think next film in this series needs to be less about the humans, and be more about the robots. The movies are called "Transformers" not "PEOPLE (with transformers)"

  33. Roddale Wynn says:

    I have seen all three movies, and I personally thought that they had gotten better every time. The only thing I felt that they shouldn't of done, was have Shockwave, and Megatron in the same movie as adversaries to the Autobots. I feel that Shockwave is a boss by himself and can compete with Megatron at any time for leadership over the decepticons. That could of been grounds to build upon for part 4. Mike could of called it the rise of Shockwave.or something like that. And can you please tell me where in the hell is Unicron, I have been waiting to see him. I don't think I have ever remember seeing primes brother from part 3 in any of the old 80's cartoons. And Dino from part 3 , he should of been yellow and named sunstreaker because it keeps more to the storyline of the transfomers. Maybe I'm missing something here, but the movie was still the best to me out of the three. looking forward to part 4,whatever direction it takes.

  34. Emi says:

    Without Shia Labeouf in the next Transformers, I think I'll consider not watching it. It'll be kind of odd without him there, I don't think anyone else could act as Sam any better than Shia did.

  35. Abe Cole says:

    Just make sure the North Koreans are in no way involved and I may consider thinking about probably not watching it.

  36. james gray says:

    Here’s a plot that can work to make the films continually popular and going without feeling like a reboot. The rise of unicron because you can make sáms character older and thus replacing with a new actor and make him have a son so can still have that teenage mid 20’s fan base. Also you can introduce new auto bots such as a popular one hot rod and his gang of auto bots and also the most famous of all the dino bots at the sametime. And will be worthy of a three part film strategy. It will also take the film in outer space and make sense to the transformers universe. Hey there you go micheal bay it works in all angles and will keep the films relavent to the film series.

  37. james gray says:

    Maybe they can make it a rise of unicorn why not that takes place in space and have Sam older with a son that's 13. That way you can change the actors and yet keep it from not feeling like a rebot of the films. Also introduce new autobot characters such as the popular auto bot hot rod and his crew of auto bots and the dinosaur bots. Why not do that Michael bay that way your space plot will make sense with the transformers universe at the sametime?

  38. Nana says:

    My chldren played with Transformes when the first came whick was years ago. The first Transformer movie was good. Then for some reason he thought he had to add bad language and body parts to even the robots. My grandson loves them as his dad did. I think he forgot who his audiance is and how he is making Transformers not what they used to be. I am sadded he has done this and hope he dosn't in the 4th one.

  39. A.J. Eamon says:

    Wow, let’s hope Bay stays true to the story. How many die hard fans where just a little disappointed that it strayed. My hope is there are more of the “old school” transformers in the next movie

  40. Lee says:

    have loved all the movies always at the first midnight showing. in 4 give me the dinobots nobody wanted to mess with grimlock

  41. janet says:

    yes i like transformers .u very good movies to u love only movies do i am .i ask u new movies transfomers 4 i lots hope like tht i got u dvd .i want u need good yeah .when get next new transformers 4 it is gotta robots style .thnkz my name janet

    • janet says:

      i love u transformers tht wonderful it like new robot it nice yeah a do u a lot of good by new movies when get next i hope .i say like ppl go to see movies love toys…thnkz..i love transfomers 4 be nice yes

  42. landon says:

    Ok, dose no on remember transformers armada/energon/cybertron ? those had alot of human interactions, now, granted those interactions were with children, it was still interactions. like the episode in armada when carlos, rad, and alexis made that quilt for starsream….. the emotion in that was…. wow. and in energon with the whole autobots vs. decepticons vs. alpha Q. personaly if michael bay added the quentisons to the 4th movie it would bring back the ‘creators’ of the transformers, or he could even base it on primacron, unicrons’ creator. just my thoughts, good luck to you michael bay.

  43. Jordan Garrett says:

    I think you should put black arachnid in your new transformers 4 movie. My friends and others love her and want to see her in one of your movies

  44. lukas henson says:

    where is optimus prime going to have a new arm?

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