More Transformers 4 Update from Michael Bay - Peter Cullen Will Return

Transformers News: More Transformers 4 Update from Michael Bay - Peter Cullen Will Return

Friday, September 21st, 2012 5:51PM CDT

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As director Michael Bay makes the rounds promoting his upcoming movie "Pain and Gain" more Transformers 4 details continue to emerge. In a recent interview with the Huffington Post Bay reveals why he decided to return to the franchise, and that Peter Cullen will be reprising his role as Optimus Prime! The Transformers 4 info can be found in the quotes below, the full interview can be found by clicking here.



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?

Right.
So it was just one of those things. It's like, when you look what's going on in the film business with the franchise frenzy right now, why is Cameron doing two more "Avatar" movies? Why is Peter Jackson doing three more "Hobbit" movies that are in the same world as "Lord of the Rings"? When you have a franchise, it's very hard to give it up.


Well, looking at how "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" did at the box office, it's obvious that people like these movies. So I can see your hesitation to give it up.
Well, no, you've got to do different things in life. But it doesn't matter. This is probably the last one.

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.

Before the first "Transformers," you got some heat for the whole "flames on Optimus" thing.
Yeah, I know.

But if you got rid of Peter Cullen, people would be extremely upset.
Listen, when I heard his voice, it gave me chills.
Credit(s): The Huffington Post
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Re: More Transformers 4 Update from Michael Bay - Peter Cullen Will Return (1422705)
Posted by PrymeStriker on September 21st, 2012 @ 5:52pm CDT
redoutlander wrote:Oh I didn't know about season 4. all i heard is that Hasbro wants to change to a new cast of characters and that Beast Hunters would be next. Ether way I'll watch it and will probalby get most of the main figs.


Yeah, Beast Hunters is going to be Prime Season 3 (or 3.5). We speculate the introduction of the Dinobots and Star Seekers.

Didn't hear anything about changing the Prime cast. But that's true with the 4th Live Action Movie.
Re: More Transformers 4 Update from Michael Bay - Peter Cullen Will Return (1422707)
Posted by Evil_the_Nub on September 21st, 2012 @ 6:03pm CDT
Bubbah wrote:As for who to have the problem with, the general public doesn't realize what he's doing to the franchise, hell they think it's all based off a cartoon from the 80's. I would absolutely blame him for the mocking, not the people who go see it, because frankly they don't know better, which is sad.

Mr. Bay, I apologize, you're not an idiot ... You're a giant douche.

What exactly is he doing that's a problem? Making Transformers more popular than it's ever been? In what twisted universe is that a bad thing?
Re: More Transformers 4 Update from Michael Bay - Peter Cullen Will Return (1422711)
Posted by optimuscarlos on September 21st, 2012 @ 6:12pm CDT
[quote]And someone could come in here and screw it up, you know?[/quote]

Yeah!!, Because He did it all right.!!!
How much can someone else screw it up?
Re: More Transformers 4 Update from Michael Bay - Peter Cullen Will Return (1422713)
Posted by MINDVVIPE on September 21st, 2012 @ 6:33pm CDT
Wait..so... this is supposed to be a reboot... but theres going to be Cullen, so prime will be there. Its using the last 3 movies as the history... does he even know what a reboot is? Sounds like ass already due to his attitude on the whole thing. He makes it very clear in the start that its about money (I don't buy this whole "someone else will screw it up" bs). More like, someone else will make all that money. Whata phoney.
Re: More Transformers 4 Update from Michael Bay - Peter Cullen Will Return (1422716)
Posted by BeastProwl on September 21st, 2012 @ 6:41pm CDT
What I gathered from that is, "My last 3 made alot of cash, and this next one will too, and I might stop after the fourth one. I might."

Wow. And he wants it to basically be a sequel too. What the hell. He killed off everyone that could be a threat, so how's this even going to work?
Re: More Transformers 4 Update from Michael Bay - Peter Cullen Will Return (1422717)
Posted by TulioDude on September 21st, 2012 @ 6:48pm CDT
I'm so glad, i feared that Optimus would not return.But he is :DANCE:


And for the first time we know a little about the setting of the next film.
Re: More Transformers 4 Update from Michael Bay - Peter Cullen Will Return (1422728)
Posted by LiKwid on September 21st, 2012 @ 7:28pm CDT
optimuscarlos wrote:[quote]And someone could come in here and screw it up, you know?


Yeah!!, Because He did it all right.!!!
How much can someone else screw it up?[/quote]

All im gonna say is..At least Uwe Boll didn't direct the first 3...
Re: More Transformers 4 Update from Michael Bay - Peter Cullen Will Return (1422754)
Posted by Chandler Prime 1 on September 21st, 2012 @ 8:26pm CDT
Heck Yea !!! The more Peter Cullen the better !!!!!!!!! As he is the ONE and ONLY Optimus Prime.
Re: More Transformers 4 Update from Michael Bay - Peter Cullen Will Return (1422755)
Posted by SKYWARPED_128 on September 21st, 2012 @ 8:26pm CDT
So...no reboot, but a new cast of (human and TF) characters, but Prime stays due to his iconic status, and because Peter Cullen rulz! 8)

So long as they keep the storytelling at least on par with or hopefully above DOTM, I've got no complaints. The action's been consistently good/decent in all three films.

Oh, and keep the military involvement down to DOTM levels, and no more almighty bombing raids.
Re: More Transformers 4 Update from Michael Bay - Peter Cullen Will Return (1422768)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on September 21st, 2012 @ 8:47pm CDT
what i took out of this is prime is going to continue to be a shelf warmer, bay is a greedy little kid, everything to do with these movies is made as they go with no planing at all about the future, & the franchise is still screwed.


Evil_the_Nub wrote:
Bubbah wrote:As for who to have the problem with, the general public doesn't realize what he's doing to the franchise, hell they think it's all based off a cartoon from the 80's. I would absolutely blame him for the mocking, not the people who go see it, because frankly they don't know better, which is sad.

Mr. Bay, I apologize, you're not an idiot ... You're a giant douche.

What exactly is he doing that's a problem? Making Transformers more popular than it's ever been? In what twisted universe is that a bad thing?


Apparently you havent realized yet that 9 times out of 10 going mainstream either kills or slowly kills franchises & genres. More people on board isnt always a good thing. Before the movies was there ever a time where people complained about overpricing, low quality, not being able to find something or having to deal with scalpers every time something comes out? No and why is that, because it wasnt mainstream and only fans and people who stumbled upon it knew about it. It wasnt until the movies that the franchise was thrown into disarray & hasbros greed was flamed to new heights. The franchise as a whole was way better off before bay got his grubby little hands on it and the mainstream morons were mad aware of our beloved franchise. Now if Transformes were to go through cycles like Star Wars & the various comic book properties do then it would be golden but forcing it to stay mainstream is slowly killing it. Like ive been saying Transformers needs a break and needs to take a year or two off and then be started up again from scratch. Thats the only way this franchise is going to be put back on track, either that or fire every one whos involved with it right now. Either way something needs to be done anew.
Re: More Transformers 4 Update from Michael Bay - Peter Cullen Will Return (1422774)
Posted by Trikeboy on September 21st, 2012 @ 8:58pm CDT
Ok, I'll say it. I quite like the first and third movies. The second one sucked but that is what happens when you start shooting a movie without a script then get someone to write one really quick. The final battle in Chicago was awesome. I really enjoyed it.

That being said, Fall of Cybertron was a much better movie than all three MB movies combined. It was also interactive. I would love to see the Ark battle from that game on the big screen. That was epic. Paramount should reach out to the writers of that game for the Transformers 4 script, then hire Joss Whedon to direct it.
Re: More Transformers 4 Update from Michael Bay - Peter Cullen Will Return (1422775)
Posted by DevastaTTor on September 21st, 2012 @ 9:00pm CDT
Super, more movie Primes and Bumblebees on the way. More money for third party offerings I suppose.
Re: More Transformers 4 Update from Michael Bay - Peter Cullen Will Return (1422778)
Posted by Mkall on September 21st, 2012 @ 9:12pm CDT
Meh.

Haters will hate. Fans will be fans. Cullen is Prime. I'm going to wait and see.
Re: More Transformers 4 Update from Michael Bay - Peter Cullen Will Return (1422779)
Posted by Ultra Markus on September 21st, 2012 @ 9:18pm CDT
And someone could come in here and screw it up, you know?

you mean besides yourself
Re: More Transformers 4 Update from Michael Bay - Peter Cullen Will Return (1422787)
Posted by Evil_the_Nub on September 21st, 2012 @ 9:39pm CDT
Megatron Wolf wrote:what i took out of this is prime is going to continue to be a shelf warmer, bay is a greedy little kid, everything to do with these movies is made as they go with no planing at all about the future, & the franchise is still screwed.


Evil_the_Nub wrote:
Bubbah wrote:As for who to have the problem with, the general public doesn't realize what he's doing to the franchise, hell they think it's all based off a cartoon from the 80's. I would absolutely blame him for the mocking, not the people who go see it, because frankly they don't know better, which is sad.

Mr. Bay, I apologize, you're not an idiot ... You're a giant douche.

What exactly is he doing that's a problem? Making Transformers more popular than it's ever been? In what twisted universe is that a bad thing?


Apparently you havent realized yet that 9 times out of 10 going mainstream either kills or slowly kills franchises & genres. More people on board isnt always a good thing. Before the movies was there ever a time where people complained about overpricing, low quality, not being able to find something or having to deal with scalpers every time something comes out? No and why is that, because it wasnt mainstream and only fans and people who stumbled upon it knew about it. It wasnt until the movies that the franchise was thrown into disarray & hasbros greed was flamed to new heights. The franchise as a whole was way better off before bay got his grubby little hands on it and the mainstream morons were mad aware of our beloved franchise. Now if Transformes were to go through cycles like Star Wars & the various comic book properties do then it would be golden but forcing it to stay mainstream is slowly killing it. Like ive been saying Transformers needs a break and needs to take a year or two off and then be started up again from scratch. Thats the only way this franchise is going to be put back on track, either that or fire every one whos involved with it right now. Either way something needs to be done anew.

You're right. Batman, Spider-Man, X-men, Superman, TMNT, and Resident Evil all faded away into obscurity after they had movies released. Those franchises are dead and gone.

The only problems with the franchise now are due to the global economic situation and Hasbro's mind boggling incompetence. You can't find a Vehicon? Then ask Hasbro why they put an awesome figure that also happens to be an army builder 1 per case. The deluxe figures are getting smaller and more expensive? So is everything else.

I know what you're going to say next, so I'll go ahead respond to that. "Bay made Bumblebee popular and we're stuck with unnecessary Bumblebee figures everywhere." True, Bumblebee became popular because of the movies. However it's Hasbro's fault again for overestimating his popularity. 1 Bumblebee per series is fine, we don't need 2 or 3 different molds and several repaint every year.
Re: More Transformers 4 Update from Michael Bay - Peter Cullen Will Return (1422803)
Posted by OptiMagnus on September 21st, 2012 @ 10:40pm CDT
Paramount: So Peter, we're going to do a Transformers 4 and we still need Optimus Prime.

Peter Cullen: Sorry guys, but I don't think I'm going to do another movie. I've already done three.

Paramount: How about $10,000,000.00?

Cullen: Alright let's do it.
Re: More Transformers 4 Update from Michael Bay - Peter Cullen Will Return (1422809)
Posted by T-Macksimus on September 21st, 2012 @ 11:05pm CDT
Well, what I get out of this is that there are a lot of a**holes in the fan community that think they know what's going on and think they are any less of a douchebag than Bay is and are totally f'ing wrong.
Seriously, some of you guys are complete dicks, you read way more into one clip than anyone has any right or ability to be able to do and you should be ashamed of yourselves because people like you are the reason that the rest of society thinks that TF fans are bigger pricks than Trek and Star Wars fans COMBINED! The sad part is, they're right.
Re: More Transformers 4 Update from Michael Bay - Peter Cullen Will Return (1422814)
Posted by MINDVVIPE on September 21st, 2012 @ 11:24pm CDT
T-Macksimus wrote:Well, what I get out of this is that there are a lot of a**holes in the fan community that think they know what's going on and think they are any less of a douchebag than Bay is and are totally f'ing wrong.
Seriously, some of you guys are complete dicks, you read way more into one clip than anyone has any right or ability to be able to do and you should be ashamed of yourselves because people like you are the reason that the rest of society thinks that TF fans are bigger pricks than Trek and Star Wars fans COMBINED! The sad part is, they're right.


Yet, you're the first person to attack the fans (and fellow posters) rather than just state your own view on the subject at hand.... Now who's the prick?

Take your hurt feeling elsewhere.
Re: More Transformers 4 Update from Michael Bay - Peter Cullen Will Return (1422816)
Posted by Evil_the_Nub on September 21st, 2012 @ 11:33pm CDT
MINDVVIPE wrote:
T-Macksimus wrote:Well, what I get out of this is that there are a lot of a**holes in the fan community that think they know what's going on and think they are any less of a douchebag than Bay is and are totally f'ing wrong.
Seriously, some of you guys are complete dicks, you read way more into one clip than anyone has any right or ability to be able to do and you should be ashamed of yourselves because people like you are the reason that the rest of society thinks that TF fans are bigger pricks than Trek and Star Wars fans COMBINED! The sad part is, they're right.


Yet, you're the first person to attack the fans (and fellow posters) rather than just state your own view on the subject at hand.... Now who's the prick?

Take your hurt feeling elsewhere.

He's got a point though. Some people in this fandom get their panties in a wad over the most trivial stuff and start running off at the keyboard without any thought or reason behind it.

Seriously, death threats because Optimus has flames says it all.
Re: More Transformers 4 Update from Michael Bay - Peter Cullen Will Return (1422820)
Posted by MINDVVIPE on September 21st, 2012 @ 11:39pm CDT
Evil_the_Nub wrote:
MINDVVIPE wrote:
T-Macksimus wrote:Well, what I get out of this is that there are a lot of a**holes in the fan community that think they know what's going on and think they are any less of a douchebag than Bay is and are totally f'ing wrong.
Seriously, some of you guys are complete dicks, you read way more into one clip than anyone has any right or ability to be able to do and you should be ashamed of yourselves because people like you are the reason that the rest of society thinks that TF fans are bigger pricks than Trek and Star Wars fans COMBINED! The sad part is, they're right.


Yet, you're the first person to attack the fans (and fellow posters) rather than just state your own view on the subject at hand.... Now who's the prick?

Take your hurt feeling elsewhere.

He's got a point though. Some people in this fandom get their panties in a wad over the most trivial stuff and start running off at the keyboard without any thought or reason behind it.

Seriously, death threats because Optimus has flames says it all.


Who gives a fuck, its not like anyone is going to even leave their basement to find a weapon and track down michael bay. Retaliating to an angry poster is beyond pointless. It just seems like a power trip and nothing else. (Don't bother pointing it out, my reply is different; A hope to slow the derailment of the thread)

As someone mentioned, they need a Transformers CGI movie that spawned from the story writers from HIGH MOON, and maybe the author of the books, as I've heard good things about them.

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