We are definitely going to see a lot of changes in Transformers: Age of Extinction. We have a new cast, a redesigned leader of the Autobots, and now a new direction for the film. Director Michael Bay told Yahoo! Movies UK that the newest addition to the Transformers franchise will be much more cinematic and less on the goofy side.
“I wanted the first Transformers to be very suburban and less cool,” Bay told Yahoo! Movies UK. “This is a much more cinematic one. I focused on keeping this one slick. There won’t be any goofiness in this one. We went a bit too goofy [on the last one].”
There may have been a lot of changes to the franchise, especially a newly redesigned Optimus Prime, but whatever you do, do not call Age of Extinction a reboot.
“It feels like a new chapter, this movie,” he says. “But it’s not a reboot. This movie lives in the history of the ‘Transformers’ movies, and this one starts three years after the last. It feels fresh.”
As he says, Age of Extinction will pick up three years after the events of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. In the film Mark Wahlberg plays an inventor who makes a discovery, assumedly one of the Transformers, and then all of a sudden, he and his daughter Tessa, played by Bates Motel’s Nicola Peltz are submerged in the conflict between the Autobots and the Decepticons.
When asked about his reasons for signing on to the film, he told Yahoo! Movies UK that the “human element” had a lot to do with the decision.
“I had a great time working with him on ‘Pain & Gain’, and he asked me to come back, so I said, ‘Absolutely.’ The idea of playing a dad to a teenage girl – those are issues I’ll be having to deal with sooner rather than later, whether I like it or not.”
Screenwriter Ehren Kruger, who has written the previous two Transformers films, has written the screenplay for Age of Extinction.
If what Michael Bay says is true, we should be getting our first look at the film pretty soon. Until then, we are left to our own speculation as to what the future holds for our favorite alien robots.
Transformers: Age of Extinction is scheduled to hit theaters on June 27, 2014.