Some light has been shed on the plot of the mysterious fourth entry in the Transformers film franchise. A press release from The Michigan Film Office lauds the economic benefits of the production's impending arrival in metro Detroit to shoot backdrop scenes. (Enticed by juicy tax incentives.) However, it also manages to include some details on the movie's plot. It's quite a coup, considering that up to this point, virtually nothing was known.
While director and auteur of explosions, Michael Bay will again settle into the ass-groove indentation of his director's chair, the franchise's previous star, Shia LaBeouf will be stepping away, making room for perennial leading man, Mark Wahlberg, who just recently stepped in front of the camera for the director in the upcoming film, Pain & Gain. Now, it seems that Wahlberg's protagonist character may be dealing with a new breed of malevolent metamorphic mechs in this franchise refresh. According the description:
"As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs. The epic adventure and battle between good and evil, freedom and enslavement ensues."
Interestingly enough, as the Jurassic Park franchise readies its own long-awaited return and reinvention, it seems that this series will get a similar injection of man-made folly. It could possibly see the debut of new human-hatched hybrid Transformers that would represent a real game-changer. At this point, the details are anyone's guess, but personally, I see this movie delving deeper into the 80's toy series mythos with things like Dinobots and Insecticons.
While Bay's Transformers franchise may have its share of "haters," the undeniable fact is that the first three films were an amazing cash-cow for Paramount, giving them a whopping $2.67 billion dollar worldwide take. They certainly seem to bring something to the table that has moviegoers of all the right demographics flocking to theaters to see them.
Transformers 4 (title not yet revealed) helps the Autobots fight a new evil with a Boston accent and "good vibrations" at theaters on June 27, 2014.
UPDATE: Paramount quickly deemed the report "inaccurate."