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Since massive pieces already are moving into place on the upcoming sequel, we figured now was a great time to get the lay of the land and catch you up on everything we know about the ongoing cinematic battle between the Autobots, the Decepticons, and mankind.
Michael Bay is certainly no stranger to making movies based around shiny vehicles - that was basically the impetus behind all four Transformer titles. And while the director has said that he won't be back for the inevitable Transformers 5, that doesn't mean he's done playing around with flashy cars. Enter Cosmic Motors, a new film based on an adaptation of a concept art book that Bay is now producing and shepherding to the big screen.
Francisco contributed to the designs for Illusion Industries, which did not end up booking the job. Nonetheless, it's fascinating to look at these and wonder what Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles could have looked like if they had.
So the Up clip demonstrates what we all pretty much knew. There are a lot of pretenders in this universe, and they think they can ape Michael Bay’s style. But when you boil it down to the facts, there is only one Michael Bay on this planet.
So, who's going to take on the mantle of the Transformers? That fourth film took the series in some very strange directions, ending on a pretty cosmic note. Do we follow more Transformers on Earth, or do we join Optimus Prime as we take to the skies?
In today's Monday Movie Memo, I argue that the only way for Michael Bay to save the Transformers franchise is to hand it off to a different director for the series can benefit from an infusion of fresh blood.
"They’re still going to see the movie! I think it’s good to get a little tension," said Michael Bay. "Very good. I used to get bothered by it. But I think it’s good to get the dialogue going. It makes me think, and it keeps me on my toes, so it’s good.”
Paramount, as I’m sure you understand, was hoping for a big boost on Transformers: Age of Extinction, infusing the sequel with new human characters played by Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer.
Considering that Transformers: Age Of Extinction is opening both in the U.S and China this weekend, it's a prediction that's not terribly far off. The two biggest film markets in the same weekend, with both possessing similar market saturation of the Transformers brand can only spell massive bank for the Michael Bay-helmed franchise.
The announcement comes directly from Michael Bay's official website, and actually identifies the roles that Goodman and Watanabe will be playing in the movie (something that has become a bit of a rarity in modern blockbusters). Goodman will be voicing Hound, whom Transformers fans may remember is able to turn into a Jeep or humvee.
One of the biggest blockbusters of 2014 is expected to be Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction, but while the movie won't be out until late June, audiences were actually going to be shown the first footage earlier today.
I’ll be very excited to see what Bay has to show. We know next to nothing about this sequel, as it’s a departure from the trilogy Bay helped launch back in 2007. No Shia LaBeouf. No Megan Fox. No John Turturro getting “urinated” on by an Autobot.
Actually, assault-with-a-deadly-air-conditioner sounds like a perfect tactic in a Michael Bay movie like Pain & Gain or Bad Boys II, but it was an unplanned part of his real life on the set of Transformers: Age of Extinction, which is currently filming in Hong Kong
“I have a great fantasy,” he said, “that I will probably a make a reality – of directing my own self-financed horror movie.” So not only does he want to dive head-first into the genre, he wants to pay for it himself. Given how much money his films have made over the last 18 years, a self-funded Bay film could easily still cost around $20-40 million, but we’ll assume he’s talking about a microbudget film generally associated with The Purge co-producer Jason Blum.
Whether you love or loathe the director behind such unapologetic action spectacles as Bad Boys, The Rock, Armageddon and the Transformers threequel, can you help but smile at the sheer joy this moviemaker gets at blowing shit up for the sake of cinema?