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Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura comments on Bay's future with TF and TF4.

Postby Rodimus Prime » Mon Feb 04, 2013 3:53 pm

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Just one day after Michael Bay himself offered an update on the soon-to-shoot Transformers 4, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura spoke with MTV about the future of the series and dropped hints that Bay's departure from the franchise after the fourth film is far from a done deal.

"I can't speak for Michael," di Bonaventura says, "I would hope he would [stick around]. It would be great. There's certainly something, in our design of this, that's going to be an ongoing story... As long as the audience shows up for us, there's a lot of stories still to be told."

He also spoke about the plans to relaunch the franchise with brand-new characters while maintaining the continuity of the first three films.

"There's a lot of new elements," he says. "I wouldn't say that we completely changed this world and yet it's completely different. There are new characters. There are new situations. I don't think we revisit a single location."

Transformers 4 is set to star Mark Wahlberg and Jack Reynor and will hit theaters on June 27, 2014.


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Re: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura comments on Bay's future with TF and TF4.

Postby Autobot032 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:08 pm

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Seibertron members Rodimus Prime and ElDuque (our News Admin) have provided us the links to the following articles:

First up, Rodimus Prime's ComingSoon.net find:
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Just one day after Michael Bay himself offered an update on the soon-to-shoot Transformers 4, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura spoke with MTV about the future of the series and dropped hints that Bay's departure from the franchise after the fourth film is far from a done deal.

"I can't speak for Michael," di Bonaventura says, "I would hope he would [stick around]. It would be great. There's certainly something, in our design of this, that's going to be an ongoing story... As long as the audience shows up for us, there's a lot of stories still to be told."

He also spoke about the plans to relaunch the franchise with brand-new characters while maintaining the continuity of the first three films.

"There's a lot of new elements," he says. "I wouldn't say that we completely changed this world and yet it's completely different. There are new characters. There are new situations. I don't think we revisit a single location."

Transformers 4 is set to star Mark Wahlberg and Jack Reynor and will hit theaters on June 27, 2014.


Source: http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=99879


Followed by ElDuque's ComicBookMovie.com's find:

The producer discusses Michael Bay's fourth Transformers movie, commenting on the possibility of it kicking off a new trilogy, revealing that not a single location from the last three films has been revisited, and much more.

Paul Romano - 2/4/2013

Speaking with MTV, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura talks about the next Transformers movie from director Michael Bay, who calls it the first film of a brand new trilogy. When asked about the chances of more Transformers films from Bay, he expresses his hopes to see the helmer continue working on the series and that we'll definitely see more should audiences continue to come in. "Well, I can't speak for Michael. I hope he would. It would be great. But it's certainly something that, in our design of this, it's gonna be an ongoing story. And so, as long as the audience shows up for us, there's a lot of stories to be told." Additionally, he comments on the fourquel's new setting, which he says it's completely different from the last three movies despite being set in the same world. "There's a lot of new elements. I wouldn't say that we've completely changed this world, yet it's completely different. And there are new characters, new situations, I don't think we've revisited a single location. Michael has a really great way of approaching this." Bonaventura then refuses to discuss the possibility of some outer space action scenes ("I would never tell you that if it was true."), and also says that those who enjoyed the first three Transformers will certainly find things to like about this new installment, which begins shooting in May.

Transformers 4 stars Mark Wahlberg and Jack Reynor. The film is set to hit theaters June 27th, 2014.


ElDuque's link also contains a video:

Source: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/ ... s/?a=73765

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Re: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura comments on Bay's future with TF and TF4.

Postby starscream2222 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:25 pm

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I'm really not sure how to feel about any of this TF4 news....
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Re: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura comments on Bay's future with TF and TF4.

Postby ILL-Star » Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:23 pm

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I've never really complained about these movies before, but unless TF4 gives a lot more attention to the Transformers and not the dang humans, I definately want Michael Bay to go. I don't go to see TRANSFORMERS to watch the camera focus in on humans hiding and breathing heavily while only seeing giant robot legs duke it out in the streets. In fact, just go Bay. Just go! :BANG_HEAD:
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Re: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura comments on Bay's future with TF and TF4.

Postby Doubledealer93 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:09 pm

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ILL-Star wrote:I've never really complained about these movies before, but unless TF4 gives a lot more attention to the Transformers and not the dang humans, I definately want Michael Bay to go. I don't go to see TRANSFORMERS to watch the camera focus in on humans hiding and breathing heavily while only seeing giant robot legs duke it out in the streets. In fact, just go Bay. Just go! :BANG_HEAD:

this. ^ i want to see robots beat the **** out of each other not humans and their stupid drama.
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Re: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura comments on Bay's future with TF and TF4.

Postby ausbot » Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:48 pm

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I just hope they change the transformers so they don't look like scrapmetal shards.
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Re: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura comments on Bay's future with TF and TF4.

Postby Ultra Markus » Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:52 pm

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ILL-Star wrote:I've never really complained about these movies before, but unless TF4 gives a lot more attention to the Transformers and not the dang humans, I definately want Michael Bay to go. I don't go to see TRANSFORMERS to watch the camera focus in on humans hiding and breathing heavily while only seeing giant robot legs duke it out in the streets. In fact, just go Bay. Just go! :BANG_HEAD:

this. ^ i want to see robots beat the **** out of each other not humans and their stupid drama.

yeah but these people have their own vision of what they want it to be they will never give us what we want in a transformers movie so we'll be forced to watch a movie that has flamboyant paint jobs and glitter and these robots will have nipples on them and it will be fabulous........NOT! seriously if they go the route like with rodimus and galvatron then maybe
but i doubt it they should have stopped with three and left it, i'm afraid that this new triligy will change the way newcomers to the TF world will perceive it and it will be so dramatically different that nothing recognizable about TF's will remain........... i hope i'm wrong
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Re: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura comments on Bay's future with TF and TF4.

Postby SKYWARPED_128 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:55 pm

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I won't be surprised if he's still here for TF7 or 8. As long as there's money to be made and Paramount believes he can deliver, why rock the boat and fix what ain't broke?

Doesn't matter what praises are sung or curses are hurled, it's the ticket sales that do the talking. If and when there comes the day when the audience tires of either Bay or TF's, all the praises by critics and fans alike won't stop Paramount from tossing both director and franchise in the trash bin like a soiled diaper.

As for TF4, I'll save my judgment for when I've already watched it.
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Re: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura comments on Bay's future with TF and TF4.

Postby amtm » Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:27 pm

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Won't be going to see #4, that's for sure. Sick and tired of these haphazard pieces of scrap posing as movies. They're so sloppy the animators end up making the robots do completely nonsensical zig-zag car flips and building-checks just to fit the explosions Bay rigged. I can only hope the rest of the world throws in the towel on this one, too, so they finally ditch him and his crew and start looking for people who actually know how to do more than make sand explode while people are running, like say, tell a story.
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Re: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura comments on Bay's future with TF and TF4.

Postby megatronus » Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:33 pm

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For me, it's not so much about the Transformers over the humans. I think people asking for that are reaching for the stars.

Baby steps, people! First, we need a freaking coherent plot. If Michael Bay can cobble together a movie that actually makes sense, or at least can suspend disbelief for a minute or two, I would consider that a success.

Second, take out the base humor/appeal. No more butt shots, or slow running cleavage shots (although as an impressionable 20-something male, I must admit that I can live with it), or racist/slap-stick humor.

Then - and only then - when the franchise can be taken seriously by a broader audience as legit sci-fi, can we focus on the robots.

I mean... :michaelbay:

It will probably... :michaelbay:

Never happen... :michaelbay:

Ugh... :michaelbay:
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Re: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura comments on Bay's future with TF and TF4.

Postby Megatron Wolf » Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:15 pm

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we all know the mindless morons will go see these movies, its pretty much resident evil all over again. those movies are horrible but they still get made. Plus bay has no idea how to apeal to the fan & the average moron on the street, still say these movies will never amount to anything until bay is gone. As long as he has control over it they will never be good. And since they make money hasbro will never step in even if they make a mockery of this almost 30 year old franchise.
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Re: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura comments on Bay's future with TF and TF4.

Postby Burn » Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:18 pm

Megatron Wolf wrote:we all know the mindless morons will go see these movies,


Given that I, and other members of this site, will be seeing these movies, you might want to watch what you call us. After all, you are insulting members and that will result in a warning. :D

That goes for everyone. If you don't like the movies and don't want to see them, that's fine. But don't resort to insulting those people (both forum members and the general public) that will be seeing them.
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Re: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura comments on Bay's future with TF and TF4.

Postby Ultra Markus » Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:59 pm

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Burn wrote:
Megatron Wolf wrote:we all know the mindless morons will go see these movies,


Given that I, and other members of this site, will be seeing these movies, you might want to watch what you call us. After all, you are insulting members and that will result in a warning. :D

That goes for everyone. If you don't like the movies and don't want to see them, that's fine. But don't resort to insulting those people (both forum members and the general public) that will be seeing them.

and i'm pretty sure he is going to go see it too
i watch bad movies myself just ask my wife but that doesn't make me a moron
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Re: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura comments on Bay's future with TF and TF4.

Postby Caelus » Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:34 am

Burn wrote:
Megatron Wolf wrote:we all know the mindless morons will go see these movies,


Given that I, and other members of this site, will be seeing these movies, you might want to watch what you call us. After all, you are insulting members and that will result in a warning. :D

That goes for everyone. If you don't like the movies and don't want to see them, that's fine. But don't resort to insulting those people (both forum members and the general public) that will be seeing them.


Actually, he didn't insult you. He said stupid people would go to see the movie. He didn't say people who would go see the movie are stupid. There's a substantial difference.

I could fairly say "we all know Americans will go see these movies", but that does not imply that, because you will go see it, you are not Australian (if I recall correctly).



Of course, if you really hate these movies, then his assertion that stupid people will go see them could be taken as an insult towards stupid people. But I think you'd have to hate the movie on the level of chubby-old-film-critic hatred.
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Re: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura comments on Bay's future with TF and TF4.

Postby RhA » Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:37 am

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Caelus wrote:
Burn wrote:
Megatron Wolf wrote:we all know the mindless morons will go see these movies,


Given that I, and other members of this site, will be seeing these movies, you might want to watch what you call us. After all, you are insulting members and that will result in a warning. :D

That goes for everyone. If you don't like the movies and don't want to see them, that's fine. But don't resort to insulting those people (both forum members and the general public) that will be seeing them.


Actually, he didn't insult you. He said stupid people would go to see the movie. He didn't say people who would go see the movie are stupid. There's a substantial difference.

I could fairly say "we all know Americans will go see these movies", but that does not imply that, because you will go see it, you are not Australian (if I recall correctly).



Of course, if you really hate these movies, then his assertion that stupid people will go see them could be taken as an insult towards stupid people. But I think you'd have to hate the movie on the level of chubby-old-film-critic hatred.


I was stupid WAY before I ever saw a movie at all.
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Re: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura comments on Bay's future with TF and TF4.

Postby Capt.Failure » Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:23 pm

Caelus wrote:
Burn wrote:
Megatron Wolf wrote:we all know the mindless morons will go see these movies,


Given that I, and other members of this site, will be seeing these movies, you might want to watch what you call us. After all, you are insulting members and that will result in a warning. :D

That goes for everyone. If you don't like the movies and don't want to see them, that's fine. But don't resort to insulting those people (both forum members and the general public) that will be seeing them.


Actually, he didn't insult you. He said stupid people would go to see the movie. He didn't say people who would go see the movie are stupid. There's a substantial difference.

I could fairly say "we all know Americans will go see these movies", but that does not imply that, because you will go see it, you are not Australian (if I recall correctly).



Of course, if you really hate these movies, then his assertion that stupid people will go see them could be taken as an insult towards stupid people. But I think you'd have to hate the movie on the level of chubby-old-film-critic hatred.


No, he just decided to toss a blanket statement across everyone who might go and see the films, claiming lack of intelligence is the only way a person could enjoy them. It's still an insult. Period.
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Re: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura comments on Bay's future with TF and TF4.

Postby Caelus » Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:03 pm

Capt.Failure wrote:No, he just decided to toss a blanket statement across everyone who might go and see the films, claiming lack of intelligence is the only way a person could enjoy them. It's still an insult. Period.


Except he didn't. The words did not come out of his mouth (metaphorically). He did not say that.

Do you make it a practice in every day conversation to edit other people's words so that you can make them offensive to yourself? I imagine not, so why do so here?
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Re: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura comments on Bay's future with TF and TF4.

Postby Burn » Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:18 pm

Back on topic please.
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Postby MightyMagnus78 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:24 pm

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I'm looking forward to it. Any film that has giant sentient alien robots and mindless violence is OK with me. :D
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Re: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura comments on Bay's future with TF and TF4.

Postby RhA » Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:36 pm

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MightyMagnus78 wrote:I'm looking forward to it. Any film that has giant sentient alien robots and mindless violence is OK with me. :D


:michaelbay: CONCURATIONS! :michaelbay:
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Re: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura comments on Bay's future with TF and TF4.

Postby Sodan-1 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:42 pm

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Does it really matter whether they revisit old locations or not? So long as they don't show old footage or a mirror image of a previous shot.

As for Bay sticking around after 4, yeah it wouldn't surprise me, but I think it would kill my interest in any and all future Transformers movies. Yes, there are some awesome moments in these movies but I can't shake the feeling that they're nothing but a big joke to the guy.

If the next trilogy sticks to the same formulas as the first three then I'm sure Hasbro, Micheal, Paramount and Dreamworks will all make a lot of money but mine won't be among it.
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Re: Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura comments on Bay's future with TF and TF4.

Postby SKYWARPED_128 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:58 pm

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Sodan-1 wrote:Yes, there are some awesome moments in these movies but I can't shake the feeling that they're nothing but a big joke to the guy.


His commentaries in TF1 and ROTF seem to support that, although I think he's learned to "behave" a little better after ROTF. DOTM feels like a much more "mature" movie compared to the earlier two. I admit there are still visible amounts of his trademark douchebag government agents, clinically insane comic relief characters, and military showcasing...but less of it, and noticeably toned down.

Like I've said in another thread, it's a small step in the right direction.
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