This weekend, Michael Bay gave an update on TRANSFORMERS 4, detailing redesigns, a new cast, and a new take on the franchise that would allow for another director to seamlessly continue the franchise without him.
But not so fast. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura doesn’t want him to leave: “I can’t speak for Michael…I would hope he would [stick around]. It would be great. There’s certainly something, in our design of this, that’s going to be an ongoing story… As long as the audience shows up for us, there’s a lot of stories still to be told.“
And again on that “new” factor about the 4th installment: “There’s a lot of new elements…I wouldn’t say that we completely changed this world and yet it’s completely different. There are new characters. There are new situations. I don’t think we revisit a single location.“
I’m sure that Mark Wahlberg and the TRANSFORMERS brand will bring in big money no matter how bad it is, so if Bay wants the paycheck, he could continue on this franchise forever, since Bonaventura clearly wants him there. But we shall see.
The film stars Wahlberg and relative newcomer Jack Reynor, and the film is set for a June 27th, 2014, release.