Director Michael Bay has been confirmed to direct the fourth Transformers movie (cue fanboys’ applause and film critics’ shudder).
Bay will again be exploiting guys’ anticipation at the notion of giant robots that turn into cars bashing one another and destroying cities in the process. This time around, however, the series has gone the way of the Batman and Spiderman movies as the fourth installment will be a reboot! That’s right, now even bloody Transformers is getting rebooted, despite the third movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon having been made just last year and made $1,123,746,996 worldwide! Bay had previously stated that the third Transformers film was going to be the last one he would direct, but with the hundreds of millions of dollars the series has made, of course he’s not going to say no to another slice of that pie!
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura said that there will most likely be an almost entirely new (human) cast will be leading audiences through the chaos that is the machines’ war for Earth, though some of the original cast may come back. I guess if the producers figured they can afford to get rid of Megan Fox (who, honestly, was probably the biggest attraction of these movies more so than the robots themselves were), then Shia LaBeouf and everyone else are easily expendable. di Bonventura also pointed out that it is early days still and they are still trying develop a story for the new movie (though they didn’t really bother to come up with plots for the other Transformers movies anyway, so why start now?)
Set to be released on June 29, 2014, let’s just hope that this time around, they will come up with a more original title rather than ripping off the titles of a Star Wars prequel (Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith = Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) and a Pink Floyd album (Dark Side of the Moon = Transformers: Dark of the Moon) like the two sequels did!
If you’re not a fan of the Transformers series and are already cringing at the thought of another movie, then try to enjoy ‘The Touch’ by Stan Bush, an awesomely catchy ’80s song from Transformers: The Movie from way back in 1986. One of the better things to have come from something Transformers, the music video shows a real old school and vastly different form of the Transformers to what Michael Bay created 20 years later. (And got a hilarious cover version “sung” by Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights).
Originally published at primomag.com.au on Thursday 16 February 2012