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TFNation 2019 Transformers Convention Review

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Annual Transformers Forum Meet Tour

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Countdown to Transformers 4 begins

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on February 21, 2012 | Transformers 4 (2013) |

It has been a few days since director Michael Bay declared his intentions with regard to Transformers 4. A release date for the movie he has now been confirmed to direct has been pencilled in for June 29 2014 by Paramount. Steven Spielberg is on board once again as executive producer and has already begun some work on the project. However, we do not yet know very much about other aspects of the sequel to ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’.

This far ahead of a release it would be unusual to be clear about many details of a film. However, two big questions have been asked by both journalists and fans. People would like to know whether or not Transformers 4 will amount to more of the same. They would also appreciate it if they knew something about the cast of the upcoming movie. Of course, Michael Bay (more…)

Transformers 4 cast news

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on February 19, 2012 | Transformers 4 (2013) |

Although we are all wondering what kind of movie Transformers 4 will be, certain things can be expected. A commitment to high-octane action is pretty much a given. The ambition to be a massive blockbuster will be there. Director Michael Bay will probably give us a few money shots to remember. However, speculation is beginning to mount with regard to who will actually star in the film.

We have known that Shia LaBeouf was unlikely to reprise his role for some time. However, Josh Duhamel has underlined the fact that the cast changes are likely to be on the wholesale side of the street. Whether or not this will make for a radical departure from ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ is unclear, but we will be seeing quite a few new faces.

Josh Duhamel has confirmed that Shia LaBeouf won’t be featuring and has revealed to the press that he has not been called up in relation to the new movie. In addition, he has said that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is not a probable star for Transformers 4. It seems that she is destined to have had just one outing in the franchise. Josh Duhamel has said that Tyrese Gibson is also likely to miss out on the opportunity of being part of the 2014 release.

Media and fans alike are wondering who will be in Transformers 4. To satisfy his critics, Michael Bay will have to do much more than work with a new set of actors. However, his willingness to do so shows that he might be thinking of Transformers 4 in greater depth than some of his critics would expect.

Michael Bay loves boom-boom!

Some film directors like to tell stories, whilst others are content with how much they can blow up during their career. Transformers director Michael Bay clearly lies in the latter category.

Someone took it upon themselves to count the explosions in Bay’s movies, which probably left them with a week’s long headache (but they evidently had nothing better to do, so tough).

Bay has, for a long time, had a reputation for being completely over the top when it comes to shooting action sequences, certainly when it comes to pyrotechnics and special effects.


We should also bear in mind that we are talking about how many times things blow up in his movies, and not how many times he personally blows up on set. Counting the Michael Bay explosions would be an even bigger task.

According to, here are the numbers:

Let’s begin with the movie franchise he is most famous for, Transformers. There were 128 explosions in the first movie, 211 in the second, and 283 in the third. I can’t wait to find out how many there will be in the rumoured fourth movie, but it’s a fair bet he’ll increase his explosion count again.

His other movies don’t feature quite so many, but there is still a large amount, with the dire Pearl Harbour leading the way. There were 162 explosions in that movie (yet it was still incredibly dull). Armageddon had 121 and then, much further down the list, there is The Rock with 22 and Bad Boys 1 and 2 with 18 and 31 respectively.

We will unlikely see as many in Bay’s next project, Pain and Gain, a smaller, more serious movie than what we’re used to seeing from him. But I suspect we will see a return to form sooner rather than later.

Bay in final stages in fourth movie negotiations

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on December 21, 2011 | Transformers 4 (2013) |

The rumour mill hasn’t paused for breath but there is more genuine cause for fans of the Transformers movie franchise to get excited. Michael Bay is now believed to be in the final stages of negotiations to direct a fourth Transformers movie.

Michael BayJust a couple of months ago, we knew that Paramount wished to render his services once again for not one, but two new movies. They obviously peaked the interest of the director as it is now close to being confirmed – despite Bay insisting that DOTM was to be his last foray into the Transformers world.

An insider, who has some familiarity with this situation, warned that although there is no closed deal in place between Paramount and Bay, the studio is close to closing one. We could expect an announcement as soon as next week. Details of the next instalment are being kept firmly under lock and key but we have already been told that it is definitely not a prequel. What we can expect is that it will show us some of the older characters and give us a more in-depth look at the history of the Transformers. Although average fans of the franchise may not be too concerned about some of these the characters that never really had a major role, they will offer a sentimental factor to fans of the original series.

Reports still suggest that Bay will be directing Pain & Gain before returning to his cash cow but should a contract be done and dusted, he will likely start working on the fourth movie at the end of 2012.

Michael Bay transforms his mind for a fourth movie

Written by Darren 'Starscream' Jamieson on December 9, 2011 | Transformers 4 (2013) |

Michael Bay may have talked about a need to walk away from the Transformers franchise but it seems that he just can’t get enough, with negotiations under way for a further sequel.

Before the release of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, both Bay and star Shia LaBeouf boldly stated that that would be that in terms of their contributions to the series.

Money speaks louder than words, however, and there is no denial from Bay’s camp that he will make a return. Reports suggest that he close to signing a deal with Paramount Pictures for him to direct the fourth instalment.

After the second movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Bay seemed hell bent on taking some time off to work on a project closer to his heart, Pain & Gain. However, Steven Spielberg, with help from the studio manager, twisted his arm and Bay hasn’t looked back six years later. This may be partly why he was so adamant that he wouldn’t be directing a fourth movie.

There is somewhat of a plan for the movie as producer Don Murphy has openly quashed any idea that a prequel is on the cards. It will instead focus its story on human characters in a bid to breathe some new life into the series. Due to what happened to the characters at the end of the third movie, it would be a challenge to continue the series in the way that it has played out so far. Therefore, new characters and major changes can be expected. We may even see stories we recognise from the animated series, all those years ago.