Tuesday, February 14, 2012

In Today's Edition of "I Wish I Was Trollin' Y'all": Michael Bay Will Direct TRANSFORMERS 4

Javi here. Seriously, I didn't want to have to be the one to tell you guys this, but yes,  director Michael Bay has just inked a deal with Paramount, who will release his "intimate" movie PAIN AND GAIN to big screen, after which he will bring the sadistic robo-violence again with TRANSFORMERS 4. To any of us into the franchise, this is disappointing, but expected news. Hit the jump for more information.

So this whole saga started at some point yesterday, when I saw that producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura was going around talking all sort of rumors about the upcoming Michael Bay projects. I was taking that with a grain of salt, but I was getting nervous. Then I return from a movie, and I see that it's become an official. Here is what Michael Bay had to say about it:

For the next movie, there will be twice as much dog humping-Michael Bay

"To clarify uninformed reports coming out of Toy Fair - Steven Spielberg and I are working on a whole new re imagining of Transformers, the fourth installment. We have been working on the idea for a few months. I'm excited about where it's headed. But first I'm doing a small $20 million dollar edgy black comedy of a true crime story set in Miami called "Pain and Gain," staring Mark Wahlberg and Dwanye Johnson, and very close to signing on a couple other great actors. I'm extremely excited to simplify my film career this spring with a great character piece.

That starts filming at the end of March. I might then jump onto a very cool television show my company Platinum Dunes is selling to a major cable network. It might be my first pilot I might potentially direct. We are still working out the details of the deal.


Paramount Studios also released a press release giving us the release date, June 29th, 2014. So this nicely coincides with the 30th anniversary of the franchise. But it's probably more with the fact that the world, and Bay need a break from gratuitous robo-violence.

Look, I get it, I'm not being a fanboy here, and I understand why the director of the 4th highest grossing movie EVER is coming back to this franchise. However, I'm just tired of the same aesthetic, the same "bigger and better" mindframe that he has, and the downright ridiculous plot lines. The designs have been interesting to say the least, and the movies have done good for the fandom. The crazy amount of money that the franchise has made both Hasbro and Paramount has allowed for more crazy stuff like the BATTLESHIP movie. And from a toy collector's point of view, we have gotten crazy obscure homages and a more collector-oriented line. But this franchise needs some new blood to make it interesting again.

Even with the fact that it's a reboot doesn't have me excited because it won't be a reboot that will bring in new talent, and it wasn't done out of a need for a new interpretation. It's the same group of people, and they just wrote themselves into a corner. The only way to make this "reboot" more interesting is to bring in different characters such as Hot Rod, Galvatron, even more obscure characters like Star Saber. But even Bay said that at least Optimus and Bumblebee will be returning, so there's that. Either way, I'm sure it will make millions of dollars so who cares what I think.


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