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Michael Bay Talks Transformers 4 - Peter Cullen Is Returning As Optimus Prime

Posted on 09-21-2012 at 06:10 PM by SilverOptimus under Transformers Movie (Just Movie) (All Transformers Movie News)
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More Transformers 4 news pouring in. Michael Bay recently spoke with the Huffington Post and revealed that the series will pick up where it left off in Chicago -- with Peter Cullen back as the voice of Optimus Prime. Mr. Bay also addressed the number one question people ask about him these days, concerning the Transformers Franchise; “Why is he returning for Transformers 4?”

Why do you want to do it? I was under the impression that you were done after "Transformers 3"?
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?

So with the plot of "Transformers 4," it's not like the other three movies didn't happen? It's not a reboot?
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.

I spoke to Peter Cullen at Comic Con earlier this year. He said he doesn't know if he's going to be back as the voice of Optimus Prime or not. He'll be back, right?
Of course! Of course.


You can read the entire interview at Huffington Post.
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BooyakaDragon
So.........It begins!
xMostWanted559x
Yes!!
Seeker
Noooo!!
Lbsammills51
I always find it interesting how often he states "me/my" or "I/I'm" in regards to what he's working on and his techniques in interviews. Statements like "...I'm in the middle of launching my three TV shows..." reads a bit different for me than just saying "I'm in the middle of launching three TV shows..."
SilverOptimus
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Originally Posted by Lbsammills51 View Post
I always find it interesting how often he states "me/my" or "I/I'm" in regards to what he's working on and his techniques in interviews. Statements like "...I'm in the middle of launching my three TV shows..." reads a bit different for me than just saying "I'm in the middle of launching three TV shows..."
It's normal. For any Director, whatever he or she is working on is his or her baby. It's something they are very proud of. That's why they address their projects as "My/Mine".
UltimusPrime
eagc7
tyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees
Megastar
I really hope this is his last one.
Brodimus Prime
With all due respect, Mr. Bay, the franchise doesn't need you to give it "lasting legs." Before you came along Transformers had a television show whose ratings were tops for its age range and time slot (before CN moved it to 6 am), toys for said series were best-sellers, adult collectors were being treated to new collector's edition reissues of old toys on US shelves, and the new TF comic book was selling like hot cakes. What you have done has altered Transformers forever, so that Bumblebee will never again be the spunky little bot with the can-do attitude, but will be the mute muscle car. You've made such a rich franchise more about giant explosions than rich characters and mythology. I'll admit that you did a much better job with Dark of the Moon, but I really wish you had left well enough alone and walked away satisfied. While I was pleased to see live action incarnations of Transformers, I really wish you would just stop.
The Swordsman
InAfterBayHate.

Seriously though, I don't think I'll be religiously following Transformers 4 news. While part of me doesn't really think that Transformers 4 will redeem Bayverse in any way, I'll still be at the cinema on opening day.
SilverOptimus
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InafterBayHate.
Because "In Before" is too mainstream.
eagc7
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Originally Posted by Megastar View Post
I really hope this is his last one.
Bay did said this is going to be his Last Transformers, but not the last installment of the franchise as he said once he's going to leave it open for the "next guy"

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I really wish you would just stop.
Well Bay did wanted to stop making Transformers with the third film, but Hasbro and the Studios wanted bay to do another one.
bellpeppers
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Transformers 4–which is going in a total new direction and in a way to really broaden the franchise to give it lasting legs
Laugh my ass off if this went into the Aligned Continuity.
Kaijumaster
boy I am NOT looking forward to what he's going to do to Primal in this film.
Roller81
"Lasting legs..." SERIOUSLY

A 30 year franchise that has spanned the globe and been a top seller in it's field needs "The Great Bay" to give it, well ANYTHING. Get the hell over yourself already. Let me guess, this time the transformers are going to be edgy and from another...oh wait. Um, theyer going to be mutated turles, no thats not right. Uh.....

This is going to blow an entire Zoo full of animal balls...AGAIN.
Transbot90210
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Originally Posted by NIBMRatchet View Post
It's normal. For any Director, whatever he or she is working on is his or her baby. It's something they are very proud of. That's why they address their projects as "My/Mine".
This. As a Director, it is MY movie, MY actors, MY sets, not THE.

Then again, to call Michael Bay a director is, well he makes good sploshions.
Dover345
4 words:
"Beast Wars the Movie"
sounds neat right?
then add:
"A Michael Bay movie- Directed by Michael Bay, written by Michael Bay, produced by Michael Bay, scored by Linkin Park & Michael Bay, starring Michael Bay"
ruined forever
miscreant
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adult collectors were being treated to new collector's edition reissues of old toys on US shelves, .
TRU were not exactly chomping at the bit for reissues before Paramount came along.
...and VW told Hasbro and Takara to take a running jump during the planning of Alternators. Long before Bay got involved.
Daimao
To all the haters saying the franchise doesn't need Bay, I do agree to some extent, but you can't deny that Transformers has absolutely blown up since the first movie hit. This forum alone has gained a TON of new members since 2007 (and booms with each new release) and we've gotten so many toys both movie and classic that we probably wouldn't have otherwise.
Nightrain
Barf. His idea of making them last is to make American Pie with guest appearances by robots.
Eric
I wonder how Bay will sink even lower.
yummehcheese
Bay ruined Transformers, lets ruin Bay's face.
Kaijumaster
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Originally Posted by Daimao View Post
To all the haters saying the franchise doesn't need Bay, I do agree to some extent, but you can't deny that Transformers has absolutely blown up since the first movie hit. This forum alone has gained a TON of new members since 2007 (and booms with each new release) and we've gotten so many toys both movie and classic that we probably wouldn't have otherwise.
you are absolutely right, but I'm not sure that it can be said that this has been a "good thing"
jbot
I have no faith. Jesus imploded!
UltraAlanMagnus
Cool.
hrothgars
Boo.



Stygian360
Whether or not you agree that his movies have done anything for the lore or your overall feelings of adoration for the brand, his influence on the popular culture perspective of Transformers has been invaluable. No Bay and chances are we'd still be lamenting why there's not more Beast Wars toys coming out. Before the movies many of us had lapsed into other hobbies and all but walked away from TF. Now that he's investing new life into the franchise it's very much alive and well. With all due respect, Bay haters can suck it.
vektsilver
wtf give it lasting legs.

This will be priceless. Even with the toy that it is he still thinks it needs saving.

Honestly he should of left it all dead and rebooted because the story arc he provided with that horror show trilogy it gets out shined by the video games badly.

man gets millions of dollars and talents to make a great transformers movie and what we get is to make excuses why it had to be this way.

Im done with Bay or giving him a shot great cinematic camera guy but a horrible director and the writers should fire them selves and go into earlier retirement.

Calling them transformers movies even feels like a diservice
bumblebear
yes yes yes yes... im hope to see GRIMLOCK in TF4!!!!!!!!!!!!
harrismonkey
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Originally Posted by eagc7 View Post
Bay did said this is going to be his Last Transformers, but not the last installment of the franchise as he said once he's going to leave it open for the "next guy"
He always says that. Until they stop making money (at which point paramount won't do more anyways), Bay will keep doing them I think.

What will be more interesting/pointless is seeing what passes for a new direction in his eyes. Hasbro is doing this to introduce more characters they won't make toys of (you know like Que, Leadfoot, Dino and Soundwave). But every movie has had new characters- the problem is they usually get about two lines and you can barely see them in the background past Bumblebee's big head.

Last I heard, they were still planning on keeping BB and Prime around (although I'm not sure a script exists yet, so we'll see).


I'd love to see what someone else does with it. I'm sure 4 will just be more of the same (maybe with different characters- but I wouldn't be surprised if there are fewer than we've been lead to believe).
daitarn red
grimlock be leader 0f dino force combier team
i want see victorty leo too
Smashs
Bring it on, Bay.
Autovolt 127
Oh this is going to be a long long journey till 2014....
harrismonkey
If Hasbro and Paramount really want a new direction (and new characters), what they should do is start a second spin off series being made at the same time with a different director and writer. Maybe it's beast wars, maybe it's hearts of steel, maybe it's some other outpost in the same time as Bay's movies covering different characters. Maybe it's a mostly CG cybertron based series. I don't know.

Just something different. I won't believe Bay is really leaving until a new director is actually rolling camera on TF5. I'm also skeptical as to how much will really change on 4 with Bay at the helm. They always say it'll be a big change and it never is.
Matty
I hope The Rock is in Transformers 4
jjtitus
Geez, some people need to go to anger management or something. I do believe his term "lasting legs" only means that he will leave the ending of the movie open for further movies and allow others to build of it. Some people are just so picky and cant handle things that dont fall perfectly in line with what they want. We wouldnt have near the figures and renewed excitement over the brand without him. So much hate in here. How about you wait and see what the story even is. You guys dont even want to give it a chance. Geez. Its just how everyone was dogging Prime when they saw the previews of the upcoming episode when it came back from its hiatus, and now people love where its going. Some of you people need to chill. If you dont like him, guess what....dont go see the movie.
StarYoshi14
Hopefully this one will be about the Transformers instead of big boobed chicks without bras on running away from giant explosions caused by Transformers.
Nightrain
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Originally Posted by harrismonkey View Post
What will be more interesting/pointless is seeing what passes for a new direction in his eyes. Hasbro is doing this to introduce more characters they won't make toys of (you know like Que, Leadfoot and Soundwave). But every movie has had new characters- the problem is they usually get about two lines and you can barely see them in the background past Bumblebee's big head.
I admit it really is fascinating watching these disasters unfold. Both the movies themselves and Hasbro's hilarious bungling.
QLRformer
What's that exclamation, you know, the one where your brain goes off like a landmine at sheer awesomeness... ah, yes.

BAAAAAAAHHHHHYY!
Razorclaw
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Originally Posted by brodimus prime View Post
with all due respect, mr. Bay, the franchise doesn't need you to give it "lasting legs." before you came along transformers had a television show whose ratings were tops for its age range and time slot (before cn moved it to 6 am), toys for said series were best-sellers, adult collectors were being treated to new collector's edition reissues of old toys on us shelves, and the new tf comic book was selling like hot cakes. What you have done has altered transformers forever, so that bumblebee will never again be the spunky little bot with the can-do attitude, but will be the mute muscle car. You've made such a rich franchise more about giant explosions than rich characters and mythology. I'll admit that you did a much better job with dark of the moon, but i really wish you had left well enough alone and walked away satisfied. While i was pleased to see live action incarnations of transformers, i really wish you would just stop.

Quoted For Mutha-frekkin' Truth!
harrismonkey
Come to think of it- I think Francis McDormand, John Mackovich and the crazy guy in the toilet all had more lines in this movie than ANY of the new DOTM bots.

It's possible Sentinel had more than Malkovich.
Bahamut Prime
Let's hope it'll turn out good! If not... it'll make me feel like ROTF again...
Fort_Fett
I just hope Bumblebee is dead. Yes. That will make me happy.
Noideaforaname
Wonder what those 3 shows are.

I wouldn't be surprised if Bay does actually leave after TF4. I get the impression the studios wouldn't let him make "Pain and Gain" until then, and now they don't have that incentive.
Swoop Dogg
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Originally Posted by Brodimus Prime View Post
With all due respect, Mr. Bay, the franchise doesn't need you to give it "lasting legs." Before you came along Transformers had a television show whose ratings were tops for its age range and time slot (before CN moved it to 6 am), toys for said series were best-sellers, adult collectors were being treated to new collector's edition reissues of old toys on US shelves, and the new TF comic book was selling like hot cakes. What you have done has altered Transformers forever, so that Bumblebee will never again be the spunky little bot with the can-do attitude, but will be the mute muscle car. You've made such a rich franchise more about giant explosions than rich characters and mythology. I'll admit that you did a much better job with Dark of the Moon, but I really wish you had left well enough alone and walked away satisfied. While I was pleased to see live action incarnations of Transformers, I really wish you would just stop.
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Originally Posted by Roller81 View Post
"Lasting legs..." SERIOUSLY

A 30 year franchise that has spanned the globe and been a top seller in it's field needs "The Great Bay" to give it, well ANYTHING. Get the hell over yourself already. Let me guess, this time the transformers are going to be edgy and from another...oh wait. Um, theyer going to be mutated turles, no thats not right. Uh.....

This is going to blow an entire Zoo full of animal balls...AGAIN.
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Originally Posted by vektsilver View Post
wtf give it lasting legs.
^You guys are wrong. Take off your blinders for once. By "lasting legs" he means the movie franchise - not the Transformers brand as a whole. jjtitus has the right idea below:

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Geez, some people need to go to anger management or something. I do believe his term "lasting legs" only means that he will leave the ending of the movie open for further movies and allow others to build of it. Some people are just so picky and cant handle things that dont fall perfectly in line with what they want. We wouldnt have near the figures and renewed excitement over the brand without him. So much hate in here. How about you wait and see what the story even is. You guys dont even want to give it a chance. Geez. Its just how everyone was dogging Prime when they saw the previews of the upcoming episode when it came back from its hiatus, and now people love where its going. Some of you people need to chill. If you dont like him, guess what....dont go see the movie.
ShoutBlast
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Originally Posted by StarYoshi14 View Post
Hopefully this one will be about the Transformers instead of big boobed chicks without bras on running away from giant explosions caused by Transformers.
can you direct me to THAT movie? because something like that i wat i wanted to see the last baysformers.
FatalT 71
His statement frightens me.
harrismonkey
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Originally Posted by Noideaforaname View Post
Wonder what those 3 shows are.

I wouldn't be surprised if Bay does actually leave after TF4. I get the impression the studios wouldn't let him make "Pain and Gain" until then, and now they don't have that incentive.
Possible. I would think he could have done it either way (hell, he might be able to bankroll a movie like that himself)- but maybe this did make it much easier.

I can only hope this is the case.

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