While there are some die hard fans out there that would rather die than say anything negative about a Michael Bay film, one of the most common complaints about the Transformers movies was that the film focused on the humans rather than the robots. All previous major incarnations, including the comics and animated television series, focused on Optimus Prime and his pals, but that was something abandoned by Bay in favor of a full dose of Shia LaBeouf and Josh Duhamel. As previously reported, however, that age is over, and Transformers 4 will have a whole new cast. But that won't be the only thing made different.

The LA Times caught up with Bay at the unveiling of the brand new Transformers ride at Universal Studios in Los Angeles and took the opportunity to ask about what we can expect from the fourth entry in the franchise. Said the director, "It’s kind of daunting and scary — you want to try to keep it going, to match what’s come before. We’ve accomplished a lot [with the first three films] but that doesn’t mean you get anything handed to you or that you’ve got everything figured out."

But one of the key things that Bay talked about during the interview was the idea of making it different from the trilogy thus far, but also maintaining continuity. Refusing to call the new movie a reboot, the filmmaker said that there will indeed be a new cast that will be existing in the same universe, but not interacting with, the old characters. "I don’t want to say reboot because then people will think we’re doing a Spider-Man and starting from the beginning," Bat said. "We’re not. We’re taking the story that you’ve seen...and we’re taking it in a new direction. But we’re leaving those three as the history."

Going further, Bay then revealed that one way in which the next sequel will be different is that it will have a slimmer budget than its predecessors. Transformers: Dark of the Moon cost a whopping $195 million, meaning that the next movie will still be an event, just scaled back. When asked if there was a possibility for the story to move from Earth to space, Bay not only didn't count it out but confirmed it as a possibility. "That feels like the way to go, doesn’t it?" Bay said. "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 added that Transformers 4 will "absolutely" be his last, but then again he said the same thing while promoting the third movie. The director is currently working on his next feature, Pain and Gain, a dark comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson.

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