It’s been a while since we had any news about the inevitable (but ill-advised) continuation of the Transformers film franchise. Despite the fact that the franchise has lost its remaining star with no real word on who will replace him, it looks like Transformers 4 will be hitting theaters in 2014.
At an event for upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura confirmed that Paramount is looking to release Transformers 4 in the summer of 2014. As with pretty much every other bit of intel we’ve gotten so far, Bonaventura couldn’t confirm whether or not Michael Bay would return to direct. This time, though, Bay’s innate need to “top himself” was cited instead of potential timing issues with Bay’s Pain and Gain: “Michael had a debate because he sort of felt at first that he’d done three. Michael and I are both the same in that we always like to top ourselves. That doesn’t necessarily mean bigger. It can be bigger in places, it just means different, but we’re going to push really hard as fresh and new as we can be.”
Rather than being a straight continuation of the last film, Bonaventura suggested that the new chapter would likely follow a strategy being taken with G.I. Joe sequel: a kind of “hybrid” following up on a plot line or set-up from the previous film but with a new story and different central characters. It’s still in the planning stages, of course, but this could mean that secondary characters from Transformers 1-3 could be brought to the forefront.
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