If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Remember back in those halcyon days after 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' made a gajillionty dollars at the box office, and news started leaking out that perhaps the fourth installment of the series would be headed in a new direction? That we might see a brand new Transformers franchise built on the big screen? That never again would we be forced to watch two giant clusterf**ks of metal crashing into each other in way-too-closeup shots? Well, buckle down Spillios... it looks like Michael Bay has a different idea (and by different we mean exactly the same). In a press junket for his upcoming film 'Pain and Gain', the director discussed his thought process on the money-making franchise:
"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... 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 James Cameron doing two more Avatar movies? Why is Peter Jackson doing three more The Hobbit movies that are in the same world as The Lord of the Rings? When you have a franchise, it's very hard to give it up."
Disregarding the fact that he likens himself to both James Cameron and Peter Jackson, it comes as no surprise that Bay has completely and entirely missed the point. The reason those franchises are continuing is because the creators have a love and reverence for the worlds they helped create and want to continue the story. Not simply because they're a franchise. It speaks volumes towards Bay's approach to filmmaking, but then when asked if the fourth film will be a reboot, Bay hammers the final nail in the coffin:
"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."
So there you have it. Not only will Transformers 4 NOT be a reboot of the franchise, they will be continuing on directly from the previous films, Bayformers and all. While it's easy to mock the film series and do a communal facepalm, there's no denying that whatever the franchise's problems may be - it will still make fistfuls of money at the box office regardless.