Basically it’s this: TF4 isn’t a reboot, but you can expect a total redesign to go with the cast- just one that will be story-motivated. The scale will also be shrinking back down, at least on some level or another. Rumors that Unicron will be involved probably shouldn’t be ignored…
In any, event here are Bay’s actual words:
“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… 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.”
I do wonder exactly what Bay thinks “broaden the franchise” means. Shit was pretty broad in the first place, though if he’s suggesting the film won’t be so deeply rooted in a convoluted mythos and tied up to one character, I am all for that. Mark Wahlberg certainly brings some kind of “broad” to the film, I’ll give him that.
I’m curious Chewers: what could Bay do with this franchise at this point that would make you the most interested?
Other than “kill it with fire” of course.