Director promises “new direction” for ‘Transformers 4’

Michael Bay reveals that the next 'Transformers' sequel will not continue the existing story

Director Michael Bay has promised to take the next Transformers film in a “new direction”.

He revealed that the fourth film will not be a direct continuation of the existing story, saying: “We’re leaving those three [films] as history.”

However, he also told the LA Times that it would be inaccurate to call the upcoming sequel a “reboot”.

“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.”

When asked whether the fourth film could involve leaving planet Earth, Bay added: “I think so, yeah, a little. That feels like the way to go, doesn’t it? I want to go a little off but I don’t want to go too sci-fi. I still want to keep it grounded. That’s what works in these movies, that’s what makes it accessible.”

Bay also revealed that he is aiming to make the film for $30 million (£19 million) less than the $195 million (£125 million) cost of the last Transformers film, 2011’s Dark of the Moon.

The fourth Transformers film, scheduled for release in June 2014, will be the first without Shia LaBeouf. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who starred in Dark of the Moon, has also confirmed that she is not returning.

Bay, who directed all three previous Transformers films, has said that this sequel will be his last. The existing trilogy has grossed a collective $2.6 billion (£1.7 billion) at the box office worldwide.