Transformers 4 Lost Age of Extinction - Japan Times Talks to Michael Bay, Kelsey Grammer, Nicole Peltz, and Mark Wahlberg

The Japan Times has published an article about Age of Extinction, its Japanese connections, and the samurai-inspired changes to the character designs. Bay also reveals that despite vowing that Dark of the Moon was his last Transformers film he was "prevailed upon, expertly" by a group or person he does not name to direct TF4. Will the same be true of TF5? We'll see. Keep reading for a link and selected quotes!

His latest, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” promises more of the action and explosions Bay is known for, but the director reportedly almost didn’t take the job this time around. He’s not saying why, but he admits he was “prevailed upon. Expertly.” Coming back on board for a fourth time, he decided to make a few changes to the franchise. In particular, he didn’t want the robots to look too much like toys.

“I understand the need to draw an audience of kids and the global considerations, but I wanted to be involved with something that had a longer-lasting, even cerebral appeal. And I don’t want to be tied — artistically or in people’s minds — to ‘Transformers’ after ‘Transformers,’ ” he says, perhaps alluding to the series’ planned fifth installment.

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” has succeeded in drawing in a large audience despite replacing its cast, and Grammer believes this is because the film brings back the real draw — familiar robotic characters.

“It’s a rather ingenious blending of the human vs. machine equation,” he says, adding that the film is about balance. “The human element is shown in its negative and positive aspects . . . you have greedy businessmen who employ science and technology for material ends, and naturally are unconcerned if it gets out of control — like in, say, ‘Jurassic Park.’ “

“One critic said that amount is obscene, compared to the number of poor Third World-citizens it could feed,” (Peltz) says. “A few friends of mine think (‘Transformers’) and some other recent movies have gotten into a habit of using technology for technology’s sake . . . that the human element’s sort of (lost) in all of that. Although,” she brightens vocally, “that’s what Mark and I are there to try and counteract.”

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