Michael Bay, the director of the first three installments of the Transformers franchise who had said that the third movie of the series, dubbed Dark of the Moon, would be his "last one", is…back again to produce a fourth film, which has yet to be named but is scheduled for release in June 2014.
The teasing for Transformers 4 kicked off on Wednesday with the release of four images, which showed the new custom-built Optimus Prime, a Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse and a 2014 Corvette Stingray along with an abstract picture. Today, Bay dropped another photo, this time of the Bumblebee Autobot character as a wide body 1967 Camaro SS.
Bay didn't provide any specific details about Bumblebee, which in the three previous movies was portrayed by the fifth generation Camaro as part of wide product placement agreement with General Motors.
In an interview with Forbes earlier this year, Bay had said the new movie will pick up four years after the end of the Dark of the Moon.
"We’re going to start off smaller. There’s a brand new cast. To freshen the franchise we’ve redesigned everything from top to bottom. The history of the first three movies is still there, we start four years later and there’s a reason why we’re meeting a new cast," he told Forbes referring to Mark Wahlberg, T.J. Miller, Jack Reynor and other actors.
Asked if the fourth film will be a reboot, he replied, "No, that’s wrong. We keep the Transformers the way they were, it’s just four years later. There’s a reason the Transformers are redesigned. We’re trying to broaden the franchise and give it more places to go."