Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain made about $20 million over the weekend, which isn’t exactly Transformers money. But Transformers 4 is next on Bay’s to do list, and it will star his Pain & Gain leading man Mark Wahlberg, but was Marky-Mark the first choice for the fighting robots sequel? Any innocent question posed to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on Twitter seems to indicate the answer is no.
Naturally, Johnson is a good choice to take over your franchise, he’s been drafted three times to play that part already. As to the logistics, maybe Johnson was too busy to play in Transformers 4, or maybe he scratched his 80s toyline based movie itch with G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Of course, it doesn’t say a lot for Wahlberg if Bay just need some muscle-bound leading man type to fill Shia LaBeouf‘s shoes in the next Transformers movie, but it will be interesting to see what Bay comes up with.
Returning to the Transformers franchise after making the “smaller” movie, Pain & Gain, Michael Bay is full of new ideas to restart the franchise with Transformers 4 and lead the way for more Transformers films. I know, I’m sorry, I was hoping they’d stop after the first one, too, but here we are. Having been influenced by the smaller scale of Pain & Gain, Bay said, “we’ve redesigned everything from top to bottom,” for the next installment of Bayformers.
We’re going to start off smaller. There’s a brand new cast. To freshen the franchise we’ve redesigned everything from top to bottom. The history of the first three movies is still there, we start four years later and there’s a reason why we’re meeting a new cast. Mark [Wahlberg] is really excited about it and it’s a great redesign. I said that 3 [which grossed $1.1 billion] was going to be my last one. Paramount was letting me do Pain & Gain and the Transformers ride was opening at Universal and it was bittersweet to think of passing it off. I wanted to set it up on a really sure footing and to bring someone else in on that, it would have been overwhelming.
Yes, because nothing says fresh start than the guy who gave us the first three regrettable Transformers movies.
Bay also stressed this film is not a reboot, in case its being named Transformers FOUR had you wondering about that,
We keep the Transformers the way they were, it’s just four years later. There’s a reason the Transformers are redesigned. We’re trying to broaden the franchise and give it more places to go.
What d’ya think, bastards? Will redesigned bots and new faces get you in the theatre for Transformers 4?