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Michael Bay Says Transformers: Age Of Extinction Will Be Less Goofy

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devastator's ballsDirector Michael Bay has built an empire around the Transformers film series. While audiences and critics universally pan the Transformers movies, the series is one of Paramount Pictures’ most profitable ones. Whether it has to do with nostalgia or Michael Bay’s penchant for loud explosions and action, the new film in the series, Transformers: Age of Extinction, will most likely be another big moneymaker for Paramount and Hasbro. And according to Bay, the new film will be less goofy than the ones that preceded it.

In an interview with Yahoo!, the 48-year-old director opened up about Age of Extinction‘s tone. Apparently, Bay wanted Transformers 4 to feel more cinematic and slick than the first Transformers film trilogy. While the film is not a reboot, it will look and feel different than the Transformers films we’ve seen in the past. Bay says:

I wanted the first Transformers to be very suburban and less cool, this is a much more cinematic one. I focused on keeping this one slick. There won’t be any goofiness in this one. We went a bit too goofy [on the last one]. It feels like a new chapter, this movie, but it’s not a reboot. This movie lives in the history of the Transformers movies, and this one starts three years after the last. It feels fresh.

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Transformers: Age of Extinction New Images Features The New Cast In Action

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Optimus PrimeA few days ago, the latest issue of Empire Magazine showcased the new-and-improved look of Optimus Prime in Transformers: Age of Extinction. While the newest Transformers film is the fourth installment in the film series, Age of Extinction will follow a new set of characters, as well as many new Autobots and Decepticons. Characters like Sam Witwicky, Mikaela Banes, and Carly Spencer are out, but we’ll meet new additions including Mark Wahlberg’s Cade, a single father and struggling inventor; Nicola Peltz’s Tessa, Cade’s daughter; and Jack Reynor’s Shane, Tessa’s race car-driver boyfriend. New images from Age of Extinction featuring the cast of characters in action have surfaced on the Internet.

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Transformers Megatron Rise Nike Sneakers And A First Look At Grimlock

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Nike Calvin Johnson's Megatron SneakersWhile I’m not a big NFL football fan, I can recognize talent and some pretty sweet kicks. Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson released his own pair of Nike sneakers that marries his uncanny athletic ability with his on-field nickname “Megatron.” Nike released a pair of limited-edition Calvin Johnson Megatron cross-trainers and sneakers that are perfect for Lions fans and Transformers fans alike.

If you’re a sneakerhead, then you’re going to love these new shoes from Nike. Taking a page from Generation 1 Transformers, the Megatron Nike Air Trainer SC II and Megatron Trainer Max have deep purples with strong hints of black and red. The shoe’s heel sports the classic Decepticon logo. The shoes even have Johnson’s favorite Megatron quote — “Show no mercy” — on its footstraps.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction Behind-The-Scenes Video

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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.

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Transformers’ Next Trilogy Depends On The Success Of Age Of Extinction

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age of extinctionIn 2011, Transformers: Dark of the Moon was originally going to be the last movie in the widely popular Transformers film franchise, or at least that incarnation of it. The actors and director had new projects lined up. Then Dark of the Moon made $1.1 billion worldwide as it climbed to be the sixth highest grossing movie of all time. Paramount and Hasbro would be foolish to let that lucrative cash cow get put out to pasture, so they lured Michael Bay back for a fourth installment with Transformers: Age of Extinction, which is due in theaters in June 2014.

While the next Transformers film is likely to be another giant blockbuster for Paramount and Hasbro, plans for a new Transformers trilogy are at a standstill until the box office results for Age of Extinction are all accounted for. In an interview with Rob Moore, the Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures, he says that Transformers 5 and 6 will hinge upon the success of Transformers 4. Moore tells M1905:

Well, each time we’ve waited until the movie has come out to start the next one. Making sure we’ve made a really satisfying movie that was popular and then starting to figure where the next adventure should go. But certainly, our hope is that we can continue to make Transformers movies well into the future. We don’t have the plans yet, but it is certainly my hope that there is a 5 and a 6.

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Mark Wahlberg On Transformers: Age Of Extinction

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CadeWith production wrapped on Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, it seems like the new entry into the film series is perhaps more ambitious than its three predecessors. The new film will feature new Autobots and Decepticons, a new story, and new characters. The question surrounding the new Transformers film is: how will it connect to the first film trilogy, if at all?

While on the red carpet for his new film Lone Survivor, actor Mark Wahlberg spoke about the differences from the first three Transformers movies and the new one he just completed with Michael Bay. While the 42-year-old actor didn’t divulge any plot details about Age of Extinction, he did mention that the new Transformers movie is a completely new beast. Wahlberg said:

It’s a completely different stand-alone movie. It takes place after the third one, after the battle of Chicago. It’s definitely its own story.

I think it’s very different and fresh and people are going to really enjoy it. I had a blast making it. And you’re going to see things in this particular movie that you haven’t seen in the other movies.