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‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ start of a new trilogy: Michael Bay

- April 12th, 2014

If Transformers are your thing, then you are going to be very pleased with this latest tidbit. In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Michael Bay says that this summer’s Transformers: Age of Extinction will be the start of a brand-new trilogy.

“It’s kind of like a new Transformers,” Bay says. “We had three, the first trilogy, and this is going to be the next one.” He then adds: “I’m not necessarily sure that I’m doing [the others], but that’s what it’s meant for.”

In an interview with my colleague Bruce Kirkland last month, Age of Extinction star Mark Wahlberg hinted that he would be involved with future Transformers films. “I think there is something in the contract there,” Wahlberg teased. “But look, the only way it’s going to happen is if Michael wants to do it again, people enjoy seeing me in this one and they want to see it again! So it is a possibility (to do two more Transformers) — if we could do our thing again the way we did it the first time.”

Previously, Bay has said that Age of Extinction is connected to the original trilogy, which starred Shia LaBeouf.

“It’s not a reboot, that’s maybe the wrong word,” Bay told Hero Complex. “I don’t want to say reboot because then people will think we’re doing a ‘Spider-Man’ and starting from the beginning. We’re not. We’re taking the story that you’ve seen — the story we’ve told in three movies already — and we’re taking it in a new direction. But we’re leaving those three as the history. It all still counts.”

In the EW interview, Bay added that LaBeouf’s recent offscreen antics wasn’t at play in his decision not to cast him in the fourth instalment. Rather, it was a mutual decision by both parties. “It’s all good. He’s a good guy, but three movies, the same guy, it’s time, you know what I’m saying?”

Head over to EW to read more from their Michael Bay interview, including his rundown of some of the film’s new additions, including the Dinobots.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ trailer shows off monstrous redesign

- March 27th, 2014

Michael Bay said he was going to deliver a refreshing Teeange Mutant Ninja Turtles movie and he’s, well, he’s delivered something.

It’s the first time since Michael Bay, the man made famous by successfully rebooting the Transformers series, announced he would be tackling a redesign of the popular children’s series that audiences can actually see what the new turtles will look like.

Right off the bat, they’re different. Leonardo, Rafael, Michael “Mikey” Angelo, and Donatello are more monstrous than mutant, more adult than teenage, and far more sewage dwelling creatures than turtles.

But that seems to fit in with the overall tone of the movie, or rather, the trailer.

This is a mature TMNT film, created for adult film goers.

“Crime, violence, and fear have run rampant. Our great city is being destroyed,” are the first lines uttered in the trailer as images of bank robberies and militia forces flash across the screen.

In many ways, what Michael Bay looks like he’s trying to achieve is a guttural reboot of the franchise, stripping away most of the nostalgic references and carefully constructing a new batch of TMNT’s for a new age audience. Similar, in some ways, to Nolan’s depiction of Batman.

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But unlike Nolan who had Frank Miller’s beloved gritty, monochromatic vigilante to work with, Bay has completely gone off the grid with his conceived idea of what a modern  day Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film needs.

Visually, it’s Transformers through and through. From the chaotic scenes of humongous buildings collapsing in the heat of battle, to intense close ups of fear on the actor’s faces, chances are if you dug Bay’s original Transformer films, you’ll be pretty happy with his newest franchise installment.

The trailer also gives audiences their first look at April O’Neil (Megan Fox) the closest friend and ally to the reptile vigilante gang. O’Neil went through a myriad of changes in character over the years, starting off as a lab assistant in the original TMNT series, but in the subsequent years, O’Neil became a news reporter, which is the character Fox will be portraying.

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Fans will also be able to see William Fichtner (The Dark Knight) as The Shredder, the turtles number one nemesis. The villainous martial arts master has been the arch nemesis since the series began, and the inclusion of him, and his incorporated story line, is a nice throwback for fans of the original series.

There are some other signs that Michael Bay is staying true to the franchise, including Michael Angelo’s immature –and often times unfunny- jokes that’s become a part of his character.

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“Woah, chill, it’s just a mask. Don’t freak out,” he jokes, removing the head band as he talks to a confused April O’Neil.

Reaction to the trailer has already begun to dominate Twitter, with people offering their reactions to the new design of the mischievous crew.

 

 

 

Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is expected to be released on August 8.

New photos from ‘Transformers: Age Of Extinction’

- November 30th, 2013

With a trailer due to drop any day now, Paramount Pictures is stoking anticipation for Transformers: Age of Extinction by dropping new photos from the set of the upcoming sequel. Besides offering us up sweaty pics of the film’s stars Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz, we get a new glimpse of a beefed up Optimus Prime.

Wahlberg plays an inventor who discovers a Transformer and gets drawn into a new conflict between the Autobots and Decepticons. Age of Extinction – thankfully – will be Shia LaBeouf-free.

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Other than the fact that the new film takes place several years after the events in Dark of the Moon – and that it’s not a reboot – details on Age of Extinction have been scarce. But in a recent interview with Yahoo! Movies director Michael Bay promised a more “cinematic” film for the series’ fourth instalment.

“I wanted the first Transformers to be very suburban and less cool,” Bay said. “This is a much more cinematic one. I focused on keeping this one slick. There won’t be any goofiness in this one. We went a bit too goofy [on the last one].”

You can check out this recent video Entertainment Tonight shot during a visit to the Detroit set below.

Transformers: Age of Extinction opens June 27, 2014.

‘Transformers 4′ gets official title and teaser poster

- September 3rd, 2013

As far as Hollywood is concerned summer is over. So today seemed like a good time to get you thinking about next year’s Transformers sequel – the fourth instalment in Michael Bay’s riff on Hasbro’s popular line of 1980s toys.

To help stoke the flames of enthusiasm, Paramount has revealed the official title for the film – Transformers: Age of Extinction – and a teaser poster via Yahoo! Movies that hints at an archeological dig. This may confirm the appearance of Dinobots in the new film.

Dinobots were a faction of the Autobots that turned into dinosaurs. I wasn’t a huge fan of those toys growing up, but I’ll admit, it would be neat to see those animated characters realized in full CGI on the big screen.

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After some speculation that the new film would be a reboot, Michael Bay told the Hero Complex that Tranformers 4 will be an extension of the original trilogy, but with a new set of stars.

“It’s not a reboot, that’s maybe the wrong word,” Bay said. “I don’t want to say reboot because then people will think we’re doing a ‘Spider-Man’ and starting from the beginning. We’re not. We’re taking the story that you’ve seen — the story we’ve told in three movies already — and we’re taking it in a new direction. But we’re leaving those three as the history. It all still counts.”

Age of Extinction stars Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer and newcomers Jack Reynor and Nicole Peltz in a revamped story that takes place four years after the events of Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

The film began shooting in Detroit earlier this year before switching to Chicago last month. Amateur video capturing an explosive scene is below.

What do you think of the title – Age of Extinction? Do you like it? Are you hoping it means there are Dinobots in the film? Should Michael Bay stop making movies? Let us know what your thoughts in the comments.

Transformers: Age of Extinction will be released on June 27, 2014.

First look at new Optimus Prime from ‘Transformers 4′

- May 29th, 2013

Filming on Transformers 4 has begun in Monument Valley near the border of Arizona and Utah and director Michael Bay has given fans an early look at some of the robot-cars fans can expect to see in the upcoming sequel.

Optimus Prime (as seen below) has been completely upgraded (I dig the flames).

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There are also two new Autobots joining the fleet next summer. We see them only in their car disguise, but they look pretty sweet.

First up is a 1,200-horsepower Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse worth more than $2.4 million.

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Bay also gives us a look at a new Corvette Stingray.

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Transformers 4 stars Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer and newcomers Jack Reynor and Nicole Peltz in a revamped story that takes place four years after the events of Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Contrary to early rumblings, Transformers 4 will not be a reboot. In a message on his website, Bay writes: “The story makes a very natural transition, and reason as to why we have a whole new cast. This Transformers will feel very different than the last three. We are embarking on a new trilogy.”

Transformers 4 hits theatres June 29, 2014.