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]."
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 with 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 ensuring 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.