Michael Bay’s Transformers 4 is trying to follow in the example of films like The Hungers Games, Amazing Spider-Man 2 or X-Men: Days of Future Past by giving fans almost daily updates and teases via online and social media outlets. However, like The Hunger Games in particular, Bay’s TF4 media campaign has been more tedious than tantalizing. So far, we’ve seen image after image of new vehicles being unveiled (sometimes carrying the name of some iconic Transformer) - in what has felt more like a automotive advertising campaign than fan service.
In that sense, we’ve been biding our time and waiting on some Transformers 4 news to bundle and share. Today’s roundup brings another pretty car pic; news that one former cast member is NOT returning for the new installment; interesting word that the film could be set in an overseas location; and continued speculation about what the subtitle for the fourth film will be.
New Car – Autobot? Or Decepticon?
Michael Bay revealed the picture above on his Website; it’s a Pagani Huayra, and comes with the following poetic caption:
Considered a masterpiece of design and engineering, this fierce, 2013 blood red Pagani Huayra, is named after an ancient Andean God of Wind. High resolution photo: http://bayhem.com/15BERvQ
No word on which side the robot version of the Huayra will be fighting on; so far, Autobot ranks have included a C7 Corvette Stingray and Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse - as well as a highly-modified vintage 1967 Camaro SS and a Tactical OshKosh Defense vehicle. While it would be easy to assume that the Huayra is part of that decked-out crew, recent set photos of the Autobots “rolling out” have NOT included that sleek sports car, so maybe it’s Decepticon, after all?
/Film also points to this “Rally Fighter” vehicle that is yet unidentified. Check it out in the video below:
China’s Big Role
China has been getting into the Hollywood blockbuster business heavily as of late. Much ado was made about the scenes of Iron Man 3 that were shot in the country – and Paramount is also headed to China with Transformers 4. We previously updated you with word that not only will TF4 be shot in China, the country itself will play a major role in the movie. Chinese actress Li Bingbing (Resident Evil 5) is starring in the film, and a talent competition is being held to fill other roles with would-be actos. In short: it’s a big deal.
The site Chinese Films confirms as much in a report where they talked to Marc Ganis, co-founder of Jiaflix Enterprises, a venture that is seeking to bridge the gap between the American and Chinese Entertainment industries. Ganis went out of his way to make clear that TF4 will honor Chinese culture and actors:
So much of the movie takes place in China and the character [Li Bingbing] plays is a Chinese national. So it’s a very natural position for her to have…There is going to be a single version (of the film) worldwide with a very significant Chinese component.
Subtext: This film will actually showcase China to the world, unlike Iron Man 3, which cut down its Chinese portions for the U.S. Theatrical version.
After so many set photos of TF4 star Mark Wahlberg roaming around places like Texas, it’s going to be an interesting journey to see how the action in the film moves to (and rests in) China. Then again, Revenge of the Fallen did a fair amount of globe-trotting (Egypt, Shanghai) so none of this is too surprising – especially when you consider that, after the attack on Chicago in TF3, Cybertronians would be considered the epitome of a “global issue.”
Transformers 4 [Insert Subtitle]
Have you been wondering what the new Transformers movie is called? Well, the answer is: Nothing, yet. Michael Bay (allegedly) put out the following statement, which was bounced around the Transformers News Message Boards:
“There are rumors flying around from various media sites about the title of the next Transformers.
I wanted you to hear from me directly that we have not yet chosen a title and anything being reported is absolutely not true.
When we have a title to announce, I promise you will hear it from me first.
My suggestion? “Transformers: Call It Something Actually Relevant This Time”. Revenge of the Fallen? (Guy was in the movie for like two minutes.) Dark of the Moon? (Because the moon had SUCH a crucial part to play in that movie.) Yeah, I think we can do better, too.
Major Lennox is NOT Re-Enlisting
Love Josh Duhamel’s character Major Lennox from the Transformers Trilogy? Too bad. He ain’t coming back for Transformers 4:
I think most of us can agree: of all the human characters in the franchise, Lennox was probably the least annoying. Sorry to see him ago. Hopefully Wahlberg steps up as a suitable replacement; though, since he is playing a gear-head chasing after his teenage daughter… um, is it too late to get Lennox back?
Transformers 4 will be in theaters on June 27, 2014.