It will be an all-new human cast in the newest Transformers film, but fear not, Michael Bay shall not to disregard the rich mythos he built through explosives, racial stereotypes that turn into cars, and a robot that undeniably had testicles.
Though the director and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura previously used terms like "reboot" and "whole new re imagining" to describe the upcoming assemblage of whirring CGI shards currently known as Transformers 4, Bay has reiterated for The L.A. Times that the old films in the series "still count"--continuity-wise if not as actual entertainment:
"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."
Pressed for if the new story could take the headache-inducing action away from Earth, or even beyond THE DARK OF THE MOON, Bay responded that such an approach "feels like the way to go" but noted apprehension at going "too sci-fi." After all:
"I still want to keep it grounded. That's what works in these movies, that's what makes it accessible."
That's what people always say works so well in the Transformers movies. How it's very grounded. And continuing in that spirit of restraint, Bay also promised to trim "about $30 million" from Transformers 3, bringing this film's budget to but a grounded $165 million. Hopefully that's still enough for a grounded Victoria's Secret model.