Michael Bay Talks 'Transformers 4', Redesigning The Franchise

Famed producer Michael Bay recently chatted about Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg's roles in the upcoming Transformers 4 -- and how the series is getting an overhauled design.  Not so much a reboot, but a definitive new chapter in the franchise.
Will that change the way you do anything on Transformers 4?

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 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.

So is 4 a reboot?

No, that’s wrong. 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.
Transformers 4 is slated for a June 27, 2014 release.

Source: Forbes