Guest Post: Michael Bay: Theme Park Ride Inspiration to Continue With the Transformers Franchise


It wasn’t the money or any emotional ties he has with Bumble Bee and Optimus Prime. It had little to do with the Autobot universe or the action-packed thrill of it all. No, the reason director Michael Bay is back on the “Transformers” team is because of long theme park lines.

A Change of Mind

The 47-year-old filmmaker told the Huffington Post that he thought he was done with the franchise until the ride came out at Universal Studios Hollywood. Word got around that fans were waiting in two-and-a-half-hour-long lines to experience Transformers: The Ride – 3D, and all the fuss caused Bay to do some soul searching.

“You’re thinking, oh my God, someone’s going to take this over. And someone could come in here and screw it up, you know?” Bay told the Huffington Post. “So I’m thinking that if I do this last one, we set it on a new footing, we change a lot of things — but we keep the history of the three in place. But we broaden it so it can be set up and be carried on — it would have a better chance for survival.”

New Direction

And he plans to do just that. The fourth film will veer off into new directions but keep the essentials in tact. There will be a new cast and possibly a new world.

“That feels like the way to go, doesn’t it?” Bay told the LA Times. “I want to go a little off but I don’t want to go to sci-fi. I still want to keep it grounded.”

Bay has a knack for all things sleek and fast, and has made a name for himself telling stories through visual effects, crashes, color and action. It was Steven Spielberg, the franchise producer, who coaxed Bay into directing the first “Transformers” film, according to the L.A. Times. He told Entertainment Weekly that Bay has “invented a genre” and is the only one with the “secret formula.”

“He is so adroit at composition, blocking, camera movement, color and tone, that combined with battling Transformers in multiplanes of crazy action, you can either look at his imagery as assaultive, transformative, or deliriously entertaining,” Spielberg told

Chance of a Lifetime

One lucky filmmaker will get to experience that entertainment and work right alongside the successful director in the “Transformers 4” movie. Doritos has upped the prize for its annual “Crash the Super Bowl” contest. The winner will not only get to have his or her commercial aired during the “Big Game,” but will get to work on set with Michael Bay during the next movie, which is slated for June 2014.

“When I was young, aspiring to do what I did, I would have killed for something like this,” Bay told the Huffington Post. “There’s nothing better than real-life experience.”

Despite all of his experience — the $2.7 billion “Transformers” franchise, “Pearl Harbor,” and “Armageddon,” and other blockbusters — the seasoned filmmaker still experiences rare flashes of self doubt.

“It’s kind of daunting and scary,” he told the LA Times. “You want to try to keep it going, to match what’s come before.”

With the wild success of the first three films, we’re sure he’s got nothing to worry about.

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