For the first time in seven years Michael Bay is working on a movie that doesn’t star a bunch of transforming battle bots – Pain & Gain starring Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg.
But fat paychecks are far too tasty to pass up, so he’s going straight into Transformers 4 after P&G.
Bay talked to The Huffington Post, explaining why he’s doing another one:
“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?”
On sequels in general:
“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.”
Will Peter Cullen reprise his auditory role as Optimus Prime?
“Of course! Of course. Listen, when I heard his voice, it gave me chills.”
Okay, really – why another silly robot movie?
“It’s exactly like I said: it’s just from the heart. You don’t want to leave “Transformers” in bad hands. Do you know what I’m saying? So we can set it up in the right way so it can kind of continue on.”