As Michael Bay’s Transformers 4 gets ready to shoot next spring, we’re going to be spending the winter hearing lots more about the project. It has already been announced that Mark Wahlberg will be leading up the human cast for the film, and now Michael Bay has given an indication of when the film will fall in relationship to the past three films.
The movie is going to continue 4 years on from the attack on Chicago which was in the last movie. So it’s going still to have the same lineage but going in a full, new, different direction and it actually feels really natural how it is going in that direction.
The folks at Bleeding Cool, who braved the original TMZ Live show for the quote, hazard a guess that perhaps there may be some ‘post 9/11’ subtext in the film. But let’s be real about that. As a filmmaker, the last word I think anyone would label Michael Bay with is subtext. As it is, his films barely have any text, little alone subtext.
That’s not to say that a big science-fiction adventure film couldn’t have some deeper meaning than just two hours of visceral thrills. Cloverfield does that quite well as post-9/11 reworking of the original Godzilla story.
We’ll see what, if any, relevance this will have on the story as we get closer to Transformers 4 summer 2014 release.