Director Michael Bay is in the middle of principal photography on the fourth installment of his Transformers series, and a leaked call sheet from the set reveals a few more tidbits about the upcoming movie. The film is currently shooting in Chicago’s McCormick Place and Millennium Park, which have been the source of a few leaked videos that give you an idea of type of destruction you’ll see next summer.
Apparently, Bay wasn’t joking about the next installment taking place four years after the events of Dark of the Moon. The locations have been covered with anti-Transformers propaganda material, including graffiti reminiscent of Shepard Fairey’s 2008 Barack Obama campaign poster, but instead of “Hope,” they read “Hate.”
There are also posters that read, “Remember Chicago,” a reference to the destructive climactic battle at the end of Dark of the Moon. Another poster features a menacing, evil looking Transformer, with the caption “It’s Watching You.” Could this be a nod to Unicron? There’s also more news about Kelsey Grammer’s role on the film. He plays a counter-intelligence agent named Harold Attinger, who willl serve as the movie’s human villain, no doubt trying to bring an end to the Transformers.
Last week, the leaked call sheet from indicated that the robotic pre-historic collective known as the Dinobots, might be featured in the new film. The amount of destruction in these videos could very well be the result of a Dinobot rampage. Just imagine Bay-style action scenes with robotic CGI dinosaurs stomping through the middle of town. A recent look at the new logo bearing claw marks may also be a nod to the Dinobots.
With everything we’ve seen so far, it feels like this may be a very different from its predecessors. Bay has said that we’re in for a completely re-designed Transformers movie. It’s going to be interesting to see how Transformers 4 stands in comparison to the first three movies.
The appearance of the Autobots and Decepticons have changed greatly, with new looks for Optimus Prime, SideSwipe, and Bumblebee. There are also new additions to the robotic cast, like new Autobots Hound, Drift, and a car version of Slingshot, who has traditionally been cast as a jet plane. On the Decepticon side, we’ve seen a mysterious Freightliner truck that is most likely Motormaster, while the identities of an expensive Pagani Huayra and a Sonic RS Rally Car have yet to be revealed.
Most of the new vehicles featured in Transformers 4 are brand-new additions. Last year, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner explained that, despite an epic $1.1 billion box office gross, Transformers: Dark of the Moon was a disappointment to the toy company. Toy sales drastically fell for the first time, and the company felt that a new movie needed new characters to bolster their numbers.
Transformers 4, which Bay describes as a “chase from hell,” stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Brenton Thwaites, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Sophia Myles, T.J. Miller, and Victoria Summer. The Autobots and Decepticons battle once again on June 27, 2014.