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Where else would you expect Michael Bay to begin teasing his fourth Transformers movie, Age of Extinction?
In an official post on MichaelBay.com, the director tells followers that he has "completed our five and a half month shoot," and is currently "working hard cutting the movie right now." To that end, Bay said on the site:
I think the first piece comes out for the Super Bowl and a teaser right after that."
Makes sense. Paramount has the fourth Transformers movie slotted into a June 27, 2014 release date. Major studios typically use the Super Bowl as a platform for their upcoming summer blockbusters. And you can bet Bay’s crowd will be dialed in to the big game. Hitting them with the first Age of Extinction teaser seems only natural.
For once, 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. Instead, Bay has Mark Wahlberg (of Pain & Gain) in his corner, leading up a story that might follow a teenage girl and a mechanic, who discover something that threatens the Transformer population.
Like I said: Bay’s keeping this one close to the vest. Which I think is the right idea. After the bombast of Dark of the Moon, Bay needed to step back and reassess this franchise. That was a severely violent film, given that this franchise started as an action series adapted from a line of toys.
But Bay isn’t sorry. Actually, the post on his site started out by letting everyone know that he does NOT apologize for anything he’s ever done with the Transformers movies.
I did not ‘apologize’ for any Transformers movies. I did not say I shot the last three movies "less cool" than the new fourth installment. I was talking specifically about camera style and tone, of the first movie compared to how I shot the new installment with a very big scale, cinematic style. I was very specific in saying the first Transformers was shot in a ‘generic suburbia’ area, not trying to be cool with any cinematic flashes. I wanted it to feel like this could happen in any backyard in the United States."
Got that? So Transformers fans can expect "Bayhem" at the Super Bowl this year. And Age of Extinction will be in theaters next summer. Are you excited?