‘Transformers 4’ to Bring Back Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime; Michael Bay Confirms Its Not a Reboot!

The director says he couldn't handle the thought of handing the franchise over to someone else.
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‘Transformers 4’ to Bring Back Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime; Michael Bay Confirms Its Not a Reboot!

Michael Bay reveals why he wanted to come back for Transformers 4 Why did Michael Bay really decide to come back and direct Transformers 4? It all had to do with the new Universal Studios ride based on the hit franchise. Also, he couldn't handle the thought of this lucrative series falling into someone else's hands.

Huffington Post recently spoke with the director about the trials and tribulations of getting his next film, Pain and Gain, off the ground. Here's what he had to say about being the king of Hasbro's cinematic empire.

"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 and 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.

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."

The director than went onto claim that this will not be a reboot in any way.

"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."

Michael Bay then confirmed that he will be bringing back Peter Cullen as the voice of Optimus Prime.

To read more of this very funny interview: CLICK HERE

Transformers: Age of Extinction was released June 27th, 2014.

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  • themoviefanatic • 3 years ago

    @jasdjqs Oh, i see.

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    • jasdjqs • 3 years ago

      the robot scenes, opening sequence, the final battle, bubble bee taking the skin off a cat. lol. @themoviefanatic

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      • themoviefanatic • 3 years ago

        @jasdjqs Which scenes ?

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        • jasdjqs • 3 years ago

          good summer popcorn flicks, i don't expect Oscar style movies, just go old fun, The second one was the worst of the three but i still enjoy to watch it just ff some of the scenes, lol

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          • themoviefanatic • 3 years ago

            @larmindy Well, if there was to be no humans involved in the next Transformers movie, that would mean more screen time for the Autobots and Decepticons. That doesn't sound good to you?

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            • larmindy • 3 years ago

              Keep in mind these are popcorn summer films (not serious movies). As such I have enjoyed the first three films from Bay. I cannot see a Transformers film "working" without the human element.

              I am an '80s cartoon child and all through Gen 1 you have the humans working with the Autobots and on occasion with the Decepticons. Granted the humans were not the heros but the Autobots were, and I think we kind of loose that in this series. However, as I said, I did enjoy the first three.

              What I would like from the next is the Dinobots, Unicron, Galvatron, and less of a government storyline.

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              • mcleve02 • 3 years ago

                @summit10 what's that? Censor myself haha?

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                • summit10 • 3 years ago

                  @mcleve02 you can try it man, it's a nice policy :D hehehe

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                  • Fry-3000 • 3 years ago

                    Unicron would be awesome but doubt if it'll happen. Dinobots I can see them in the new one. Would be good if they kill megaton and bring in galvatron like in the animated movie. Be interesting what he does with this new film.

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                    • bawnian-dexeus • 3 years ago

                      @ejk1 True sir, very true

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                      • skywise • 3 years ago

                        @cheetoboy I think we had this convo before but I agree 100% about Unicron and the Dinobots. Unicron is my all time fav villian in the TF universe.

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                        • cheetoboy • 3 years ago

                          If this turns into another trilogy, we should see Unicron very soon. I also hope to see the Dinobots. @ejk1 I totally agree with you, the first and third were awesome, part2 was okay, but very mindless. Well big ups to Michael Bay, because in 2014 he's going to be banking big with both Transformers4 and Ninja Turtles coming out, which I also hope they'll get right.

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                          • mcleve02 • 3 years ago

                            @summit10 haha your starting to sound like me... Except I forgot to censor myself! ;)

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                            • mcleve02 • 3 years ago

                              @corey hehehehe......

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                              • themoviefanatic • 3 years ago

                                @corey Really? I had hoped that Transformers 4 would be a Transformers movie, with only the Autobots and Decepticons and not with no human characters involved in it.

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                                • corey • 3 years ago

                                  @themoviefanatic Because it's obvious...

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                                  • gandoff • 3 years ago

                                    I don't know what to say really. I think the Transformers movies was pretty good. They did have somethings I did not like, or even hated. But over all, were all good films. I do think this is a better thing then a reboot. Might be a chance to have Megan Fox back, which I would have preferred in the third. But I doubt it.

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                                    • ejk1 • 3 years ago

                                      I think the first and third film were good films, but ROTF puts a huge dent in the trilogy's logic. DOTM makes a more than fine sequel to the first film. We find out why Megatron came to Earth, and then we watch him betray that other Prime (whose name escapes me, but that's irrelevant to my point) because Megatron wanted to be the #1 badass. That's great, and makes a lot of sense. But then ROTF has to get factored in. And now problematic questions such as "Why would Megatron be anyone's bitch?" comes into play. My advice to anyone that hasn't seen these films is to watch 1& 3, while skipping 2 altogether. Yeah, you'll wonder how Megatron got brought back to life, but you can make up a reason that won't be nearly as irritating as the illogic of ROTF.

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                                      • themoviefanatic • 3 years ago

                                        @corey Why do you think that will happen?

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                                        • mcleve02 • 3 years ago

                                          That was supposed to be than, not and at the end... Stupid iPhone auto correct

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