Michael Bay explains what changes we can expect in Transformers 4

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Jul 4, 2015, 2:09 PM EDT

Michael Bay's next Transformers film will definitely be different—with a brand-new cast and renewed focus on the 'bots themselves—but just don't call it a reboot. Michael Bay doesn't like that. So what can we expect from the upcoming non-reboot Transformers 4?

Bay told the L.A. Times that the latest Transformers will have an entirely new vibe, with Shia LaBeouf and company gone, but those previous films will still inform the story:

"We've moving on to something different. It's not a reboot, that's maybe the wrong word. I don't want to say reboot because then people will think we're doing a Spider-Man and starting from the beginning. We're not. We're taking the story that you've seen—the story we've told in three movies already—and we're taking it in a new direction. But we're leaving those three as the history. It all still counts."

Specifically, Bay says we can look for redesigned 'bots, more alien worlds (hello, Cybertron!) and a slightly smaller budget (shedding the established actors probably helped in that department):

"[Leaving Earth] feels like the way to go, doesn't it? I want to go a little off but I don't want to go too sci-fi. I still want to keep it grounded. That's what works in these movies, that's what makes it accessible."

Sound off: Is a (non)reboot the right move for Transformers? Will you be watching?

(Via The LA Times)