Though the first three movies had a brighter edge to all the action and mayhem, it sounds like folks might want to think twice before taking their kiddos to see Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Titus Welliver (Lost, Argo), who has a mystery role in the upcoming sequel, opened up with Nerdist about what fans can expect from the semi-reboot (but don’t call it a reboot) that Michael Bay is cooking up with Mark Wahlberg. According to Welliver, Extinction will have a much darker slant than the first three films.
Here’s the choice excerpt:
“I’ve now won the hard earned respect of my children because I’m in aTransformers film, and I’ve always wanted to work with Michael Bay and certainly Mark Wahlberg and Kelsey Grammer. It’s a bit more of a darker vision of the Transformers world… It’s not a kids movie, I’ll tell you that much.”
The more we hear, the more curious we become to see how this one turns out. Obviously, Transformers is a kid-teen brand, but it definitely needed something to happen creatively to necessitate a reason to continue the film franchise. Going darker, with a fresh cast, is at least something different.
It also brings up another interesting question: Will Transformers fans turn out en masse for a “darker,” more mature take on the franchise? We think so, especially when you consider that most of the teens who enjoyed the first film are actually young adults now ... meaning Michael Bay might be smarter than we think by aiming for this demographic.
What do you think? Is this the right direction for Transformers?