January 22 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction is Not a Reboot According to Producer

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Transformers: Age of Extinction is not a reboot of the franchise. Can we please stop suggesting it is?

For some very odd reason people keep speculating that the fourth Transformers film is a reboot of the series. Maybe it’s because Shia LaBeouf has (thankfully) left the series and we’re getting new human characters, but this keeps coming up time and time again. Despite the fact that Michael Bay has already confirmed it isn’t a reboot in multiple interviews it keeps coming up. Well, now producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura has gotten on the bandwagon and confirmed the same to The Hollywood News.

It’s definitely not a reboot. It’s an interesting question about what you should call it. On a certain level it’s a continuation of the previous stories, in the fact that it acknowledges what has transpired before it. It acknowledges in the last movie, the destruction of Chicago, it’s actually something that carries through the sort of emotional repercussions of that, not unlike 9/11 has emotional repercussions in the real world. In a fantasy world there are repercussions to what occurred.

I have a helpful word for Di Bonaventura, it’s “sequel.” If a story follows another and acknowledges the previous story happened, that is called a “sequel.” Glad I could help.

That plays into the movie, moving forwards with a totally different human cast, who doesn’t know anything about the other humans, it’s not a reboot, but a continuation, yet you’re continuing with a new cast and group of characters. It was a big decision to do that.

Is it just me, or is still describing a “sequel?”

We miss our friends that we did the first three with, and they were great, and they probably could’ve done more. But the advantage of doing it this way is that it feels almost like a first movie. It’s a very different dynamic than I’ve seen in a movie, I’m very curious. I guess Star Wars did that a little bit, but not so close together, the way we’re doing it.

This isn’t anything new, and technically you’re only changing part of your cast as Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are still there.

If anything, this interview only further confirms that the Transformers, the very things the series is named for, are nothing more than props to these filmmakers. For whatever reason they have convinced themselves the human matter than the Transformers do. Never mind the cartoon had minimal human characters originally and the toy line, which all of this grew out of, was focused squarely on the robots. But yes, please keep focusing the films on the humans and acting like they are all that matters.

Oh, and learn the word “sequel.”

Transformers: Age of Extinction hits theaters on June 27.

Source: The Hollywood News .

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