Transformers 4 - Michael Bay Talks About His Return, Peter Cullen and Where Things Are Going Next - May Not Reboot

Micheal Bay is stoking the Transformers 4 fires as he promotes his latest production, "Pain & Gain" that will int theaters April 2013. Here in an interview with the Huffington Post Bay goes into some of the reasons why he is producing Transformers 4 after he swore Dark Of the Moon was his last. He also lets us know that Peter Cullen will be returning to the Movie the voice as Optimus Prime. This seem to contradict the claims of a total reboot already.


As to why he continued with a another movie after he said he was done, Micheal Bay explains:
I thought I was done. Then the ride came out [at Universal Studios Hollywood] and the two-and-a-half-hour lines. And then you're thinking, Oh my God, someone's going to take this over. And you start doing a lot of soul-searching. Like, OK, I'm about to do a little movie, "Pain & Gain" ... and the studio says they want to restart the franchise. And someone could come in here and screw it up, you know? So I'm thinking that if I do this last one, we set it on a new footing, we change a lot of things -- but we keep the history of the three in place. But we broaden it so it can be set up and be carried on -- it would have a better chance for survival, I guess. You know?
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So it was just one of those things. It's like, when you look what's going on in the film business with the franchise frenzy right now, why is Cameron doing two more "Avatar" movies? Why is Peter Jackson doing three more "Hobbit" movies that are in the same world as "Lord of the Rings"? When you have a franchise, it's very hard to give it up.


Bay then goes on to mention that he has to move on, but also waffles a little on it being the last Transformers movie when asked if the box office sales indicate people like the film:
Well, no, you've got to do different things in life. But it doesn't matter. This is probably the last one.


In response the news of a total reboot, Bay again contradicts things to some degree by saying he plans to draw on historical stuff and pick up from where they left off in Chicago:
No. We're basically taking from the history of where it was -- or where we left it in Chicago. And we're going to carry it on from there.


When asked if Peter Cullen will return there is no hesitation:
Of course! Of course.
...
But if you got rid of Peter Cullen, people would be extremely upset.
Listen, when I heard his voice, it gave me chills.


Read the complete interview with Michael Bay about the "Pain & Gain" movie was well as Transformers 4 now at huffingtonpost.com

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puma - 2012-09-24 @ 1:28 pm

Bumblebee would be (and I say this without any malice toward the character) a great sacrificial lamb to off in the first 10 minutes of TF4, just to demonstrate a new tone and direction. He's the scout after all right? Maybe he's out scouting, stumbles across Galvatron (non-Megatron version), Scouge, Cyclonus, ect. and is offed before he has the chance to report back....

I say if Bumblebee has to be in the movie than, he should be killed execution style

what if he's just captured and off screen for most of the movie??? i'd be fine with this.

Hellscream85 - 2012-09-24 @ 12:52 pm

I'm already sick of TF4, this is ridiculous

Lord_Onslaught - 2012-09-24 @ 9:43 am

I say if Bumblebee has to be in the movie than, he should be killed execution style

Jason X - 2012-09-24 @ 8:53 am

Bumblebee would be (and I say this without any malice toward the character) a great sacrificial lamb to off in the first 10 minutes of TF4, just to demonstrate a new tone and direction. He's the scout after all right? Maybe he's out scouting, stumbles across Galvatron (non-Megatron version), Scouge, Cyclonus, ect. and is offed before he has the chance to report back....

Lord_Onslaught - 2012-09-24 @ 8:40 am

Can't wait for the next Bay movie, I just hope that Bay will not use Bumblebee

Jason X - 2012-09-24 @ 8:19 am

Sweet! If they were going to reboot the franchise it was way too soon to do it, and I dig the Bayverse so I wasn't looking forward to a reboot anyway.

Bubbah - 2012-09-24 @ 3:20 am

When I think about Michael Bay making ANOTHER Transformers movie...it gives me the chills. :P

Lol and let me guess, it's more of a "horror movie" type chill rather than the "I can't believe that hot chick just asked me out" kind? :)

Microeric - 2012-09-24 @ 2:40 am

I love the part where he talks about someone else screwing it up....Um, Hey, Mr. Too Cool for the Room...It's already been screwed up...

formerly nortagem - 2012-09-23 @ 11:34 pm

When I think about Michael Bay making ANOTHER Transformers movie...it gives me the chills. :P

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