Michael Bay Promises a Less Goofy 'Transformers' With Fourth Movie

The fourth installment in the series will be cooler and "much more cinematic" than the previous three, according to the director.
Michael Bay

Director Michael Bay has a good idea what was wrong with his first three Transformers movies: They just weren't big or serious enough.

"I wanted the first [three] Transformers to be very suburban and less cool," Bay told Yahoo! Movies when talking about how next year's fourth installment will differ from the first three. "This is a much more cinematic one. I focused on keeping this one slick. There won't be any goofiness in this one. We went a bit too goofy [on the last one]."

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The lack of goofy doesn't mean that Transformers: Age of Extinction will be playing things entirely straight, however; Yahoo described Mark Wahlberg's character as a "wacky inventor" who gets distracted by the arrival of his teenage daughter's race car boyfriend -- hardly the most down-to-Earth, serious treatment of the concept imaginable, thankfully.

Bay explained what brought him back to the Transformers franchise after swearing off the series following 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon. "It was the Transformers ride [at Universal Studios]," he said. "It was seeing this two-and-a-half hour line, with all these kids lined up." Producers, now you know the way to ensure Bay's involvement in your movies going forward. Someone needs to start building a Space Ghost ride to place in Bay's line of vision right now.

Transformers: Age of Extinction is set for release June 27, 2014.