The Transformers film series is best known for loud explosions and heavy action. The new film in the franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction, looks like it will be more of the same, but this time around we’ll have new Autobots and Decepticons to watch blow up, including the Dinobots and Cyclonus.
Entertainment Tonight has released a first look behind the scenes of Transformers: Age of Extinction. Say what you will about Michael Bay, the man can direct the hell out of an action sequence. The city of Detroit doubles as Hong Kong, as cars flip over and crowds rush around in a frenzy of carnage and confusion.
ET also interviewed the stars from the film, including Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, and Nicola Peltz. More importantly, we get a first look at the redesigned Bumblebee, Jack Reynor’s Chevrolet Sonic RS rally car, and the expensive Pagani Huayra, a new Decepticon called Stinger. Leave it to Michael Bay when it comes to blowing up a car that’s worth $1.3 million. If you look at the kids’ reaction to seeing Bumblebee for the first time, it’s clear why these movies are so successful with younger audiences. Overall, the first look at the production of Transformers 4 makes me think that we’re going to get the same movie as every other Transformers movie, only with new characters and new Autobots and Decepticons.
Paramount executive Rob Moore recently said that a new Transformers trilogy will be dependent on the success of Age of Extinction. It’s interesting to note that Transformers movies do better internationally than in the States, which is why each movie is more broad than the last. Considering that each movie in the film series has made exponentially more money than the last, it’s likely that we’ll see Transformers 5 and 6 in 2016 and 2018, respectively. Whether or not Michael Bay will be directing those films remains to be seen.
Paramount has yet to release a plot synopsis for the new Transformers film, but according to Bay and star Mark Wahlberg, the fourth film will take place in Chicago, some four years after the events of Dark of the Moon. It’s also rumored that the film’s new villain will be Galvatron (the resurrected and transformed Megatron) and that the planet-sized Transformer Unicron might factor in as well.
We’d expect to see the first teaser trailer for Age of Extinction soon. It’s likely that it might be attached to Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which opens on December 20, or Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit in January 2014.
The new Transformers film stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Sophia Myles, T.J. Miller, Victoria Summer, Kelsey Grammer, and Peter Cullen. Transformers: Age of Extinction hits theaters everywhere on June 27, 2014, in 3D and IMAX.