Now that director Michael Bay has wrapped on his low-budget crime thriller Pain and Gain, he is shifting focus to Transformers 4. While this new adventure will feature a whole new cast, the filmmaker doesn't think it should be called a reboot.

""It's not a reboot, that's maybe the wrong word. I don't want to say reboot because then people will think we're doing a Spider-Man and starting from the beginning. We're not. We're taking the story that you've seen - the story we've told in three movies already - and we're taking it in a new direction. But we're leaving those three as the history. It all still counts. I met with the writer before I went off to do Pain and Gain and we talked about a bunch of ideas. We let that simmer for a bit. He's been thinking about stuff and now we're getting back together next week to see what we've got and to see if it gels."
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When asked if this new story may take the franchise into outer space and Cybertron, the filmmaker hinted they are leaning in that direction.

""I think so, yeah, a little. That feels like the way to go, doesn't it? I want to go a little off but I don't want to go too sci-fi. I still want to keep it grounded. That's what works in these movies, that's what makes it accessible."

Despite this possible new setting, which would likely lead to a bigger effects budget, the director said Paramount wants to make a significant cut from his budget on Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

"It's going to be less, actually. Our mandate is to cut about $30 million."

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