September 21 2012

Michael Bay on Why He Will Make Transformers 4

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Oh, I’m sorry, did I boil it down too fast for you?

Michael Bay did an interview with The Huffington Post recently where he talked about why he was returning to the Transformers film franchise for one last go. Remember, he said Transformers: Dark of the Moon would be his last, but something was bringing him back for a fourth go.

I thought I was done. Then the ride came out [at Universal Studios Hollywood] and the two-and-a-half-hour lines. And then you’re thinking, Oh my God, someone’s going to take this over. And you start doing a lot of soul-searching. Like, OK, I’m about to do a little movie, “Pain & Gain” … and the studio says they want to restart the franchise. And someone could come in here and screw it up, you know? So I’m thinking that if I do this last one, we set it on a new footing, we change a lot of things — but we keep the history of the three in place. But we broaden it so it can be set up and be carried on — it would have a better chance for survival, I guess. You know?

So it was just one of those things. It’s like, when you look what’s going on in the film business with the franchise frenzy right now, why is Cameron doing two more “Avatar” movies? Why is Peter Jackson doing three more “Hobbit” movies that are in the same world as “Lord of the Rings”? When you have a franchise, it’s very hard to give it up.

No, it isn’t hard to give up a franchise, you just do so. Every example Bay has given is a money churning machine. You don’t see people sticking with the James Bond franchise endlessly, you see people sticking with franchises that make stupid amounts of money.

Yeah, and it is fun to do something different. Somehow when you do these movies, they kind of sit in your core a bit. Listen, the press will do whatever they do on “Transformers.” But, the bottom line is, when you go to Universal Studios and you have the two-and-a-half-hour line, it’s hard to give it up. You birth a baby and you want to carry it on.

Well, looking at how “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” did at the box office, it’s obvious that people like these movies. So I can see your hesitation to give it up.
Well, no, you’ve got to do different things in life. But it doesn’t matter. This is probably the last one.

So with the plot of “Transformers 4,” it’s not like the other three movies didn’t happen? It’s not a reboot?
No. We’re basically taking from the history of where it was — or where we left it in Chicago. And we’re going to carry it on from there.

Having finally seen the third film – it came with my Nexus 7 tablet for free – it was horrible. It was … well, to be honest, it was a steaming pile of dung. I’m not going to sugar coat it. Regardless of how I feel about what Bay has done to the source material, he mad an incredibly bad movie with plot holes you could drive Optimus Prime through. Picking up from that? No thank you.

So, yes, Bay continues to live in some fantasy world where he makes “art,” and it would be nice if someone told him some day to just shut up and do the only thing he does well: Blow stuff up.

[via The Huffington Post]

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