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Michael Bay insists Transformers 4 is not a reboot

Michael Bay directs Transformers

Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Bay has said that it would be wrong to describe his latest Transformers movie as a reboot.

Although the fourth film in his franchise comes with an an entirely new cast and a “new direction” it will also continue to build on the three previous movies.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, the director explained: “It’s not a reboot. That’s maybe the wrong word. 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… We’re moving on to something different.”

The fourth film will also operate with a smaller budget, with the director citing about $30 million less available to spend than in the previous instalment, Dark of the Moon.

But he’s excited – and admittedly daunted – by the challenge, which will be the last time he directs a Transformers movie.

“It’s kind of daunting and scary – you want to try to keep it going, to match what’s come before,” he added.

Bay also refused to rule out setting part of the movie in space. “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.”

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In the meantime, Bay has just wrapped on Pain and Gain, a black comedy based on a 1999 Miami New Times series by Pete Collins that finds Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson playing bodybuilders who embark on a criminal career with ludicrous and horrific consequences.

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