Transformers 4 may not star Shia LaBeouf, but it'll be more of the same shit, promises Michael Bay. While announcing the casting of newbie Jack Reynor (likely in the Shia-esque role of 'relatable' kid who gets mixed up with the Transformers), Bay said this:
Transformers 4, is not a reboot. That word has been floating around on the net.
This movie takes place exactly 4 years after the war in Chicago. The story makes a very natural transition, and reason as to why we have a whole new cast. This Transformers will feel very different then the last three. We are embarking on a new trilogy.
When he says they will feel very different, does he mean they'll be better designed and the whole thing won't have this endless feeling of cruelty and meanness that is wholly inappropriate for the property?
The only time I regret my job is when Michael Bay promises three more Transformers movies. My calendar has been dutifully marked for pain. And I say this as someone who is legitimately very excited for Pain & Gain. Leave the robots behind, Mike.