With just over two months to go until the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction (AKA: Trans4mers), it strikes us to think just how much we don’t know about the upcoming sequel to 2007’s Transformers. But now it looks like the production is trying to close that knowledge gap by promoting the heck out of the film, which is both a continuation of the Transformers saga from the previous three films, and a launching pad for a brand new trilogy of films with a new cast, new story line and everything. So what’s in store? Franchise filmmaker and originator of the Bay-hem aesthetic, Michael Bay, recently shared some thoughts…
“It’s kind of like a new Transformers,” Bay said in an interview with EW (via Geek Tyrant). “We had three, the first trilogy, and this is going to be the next one. Yeah, it’s the first of a new trilogy. I’m not necessarily sure that I’m doing [the others], but that’s what it’s meant for.”
Picking up sometime after the third film, Dark of the Moon, which saw a Decepticon invasion and destruction of Chicago, it seems that all Transformers, including Optimus Prime, are persona non grata on Planet Earth. “He’s done good for earth, and he’s been f**ked over,” said Bay.
“[The government] wants to wipe out all the Transformers, all the Autobots,” adds new franchise star Mark Wahlberg. “Optimus has lost all faith in humankind, and I’m trying to convince him there is still good in the world and we need to work together.”
Adding a touch of grey to the proceedings in Age of Extinction is a new character called Lockdown, who is apparently neither Autobot nor Decepticon. He’s the ‘bot with the big-@$$ ship you saw in the previous trailer.
“Lockdown is an interesting character,” said Bay unironically. “He travels the galaxy, he works for somebody else. And he’s here for one person, one alien, and then he’s out of here. So he doesn’t really want to take sides. The cause and balance of the galaxy is kind of messed up when different species play with different species. And that opens up a whole other gigantic world for Transformers.
“Lockdown’s ship has a lot of meaning that can go into other movies,” the director continues. “There’s a lot of backstory about that ship that’s not laid out here. You’re going to see a few things where you’re like ‘What is that? And what is that?’ And you’re going to see a couple shots like, ‘Wait a minute, who are they?’ But we don’t answer those questions.”
As for the appearance in the film of the highly popular Dinobots characters, Bay was cagey about just how Grimlock and Co. would come into play in the movie. “I like to keep things very much in the dark,” he began before saying, “But yes, you’ll understand why they’re there when you see the movie. If you think I’m supposed to give away a lot of story points? No way! Keep it secret.”
Of course, there’s a great deal of excitement about the new film, but that’s usually right before the backlash begins. Will Bay satisfy action-fans and Transformer fan boys with his fourth try at the series? I guess we’ll see.
And with that, let’s check out the first TV for Age of Extinction (courtesy of Comic Book Movie):
Transformers: Age of Extinction (AKA: Trans4mers) is in theaters everywhere June 27.