Michael Bay is rebooting his own franchise...that is only six years old. In two summers, Bay will release Transformers 4, thus continuing the Bayhem. This is not entirely surprising, given that the vremp-vremp-vremp movies print their own money. On the plus side, maybe this "reboot" means they'll kill off Shia LaBeouf's character.
In a recent press release, Paramount confirmed suspicions that Bay was getting back into the robot disaster porn business:
Bay will bring audiences a new take on the "Transformers" franchise as he begins production on the fourth installment in the hit series of movies based on the best-selling Hasbro toyline. The third, and most recent installment of the franchise, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," is the fourth highest global grossing film of all time with 1.24 billion dollars of worldwide box office success. Directed by Bay, the movie will re-unite the filmmaking team from the hit franchise, including producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto and Ian Bryce; and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian.
But what about this whole rebooting spiel? Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura explained their plans to to MTV:
"Well I mean again it's hybrid. It's not the way - I'm not involved with Spider-Man but what I perceive Spider-Man to be is a redoing of the whole thing, [Transformers 4] is not. It's an evolution. There's still continuity that's going on, and yet there'll be a lot of new cast. Whether there's anybody from the [original] cast, we don't even know yet. But the truth is, it's gonna be a whole new story. The characters that would certainly come along would be Optimus and Bumblebee I'm sure."
So there you have it. New characters, same robots (not that you're able to tell one from another when they're exploding onscreen anyway). Transformers 4 will spontaneously combust into theaters June 29, 2014.