Transformers 4 to feature a new line-up of Autobots and Decepticons

We already know that Michael Bay intends on replacing the human cast of his Transformers movie series for the upcoming fourth installment, but now comes word from Hasbro President Brian Goldner that Transformers 4 will go one step further, presenting a complete overhaul of the franchise by featuring a entirely new line-up of Autobots and Decepticons. The reason for such drastic action? Why, toy sales, of course…

Speaking at the UBS Best of Americas Conference, Goldner has stated that despite the box office performance of Transformers: Dark of the Moon – which grossed over $1.123 billion globally – the film did little to boost Hasbro’s Transformers toy sales, and because of that “Transformers 4 will have a new cast of [robot] characters and it will be a story revolving around these new characters.”

Now I’m sure there won’t be too many tears shed over the absence of Shia LaBeouf and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and it would be entirely understandable if Megatron was dropped in favour of a new villain, but is there really anybody out there who wants to see a Transformers movie sans Optimus Prime? I know I don’t… then again, I don’t really want to see another Michael Bay Transformers movie, so I guess I’m going to be disappointed either way.

Optimus Prime Maquette - Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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  • Jaquith

    If there's a new cast then I'll wait for the DVD.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.mccauley.7 Brandon Mccauley

    Yeah I hope someone high up on the chain reads this comment and DOES NOT GET RID OF OPTIMUS AND BUMBELBEE AND KEEP SHIA you can get a different girl but shia is a necessity. I am a HUGE transformers fan and would be extremely disapointed along with many other. If you did that it would be a rip off of transformers I can already see it<br />

  • Just Me.

    Replacing Shia is like replacing Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones or replacing Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly…….its just not gonna work, keep Shia, Bumble Bee, and Optimus!

  • Zero5607

    The only way this would be any decent loosin Optimus is if you do Dino bots but even then you need prime unicron would be a good villain but they&#39;d need decipticon and the auto bots to work together and since the last film ruined two of my fav

  • Zero5607

    Decipticons (shockwave and sound wave) they literally killed off all the good bad guys not to mention killing jazz the first film that pissed me off so much. Honestly bay should step down as director or whatever he butchered a lot of names for auto bots and Decipticons

  • Zero5607

    Also being a huge g1 fan I would like to see a lot less humans

  • giant

    and how the farrk are they gunna make this work, without solid charactors, original charactors. Why dont they make a prequal, about the war for cybertron, that way they can change the appearance of the transformers, make them look more like the old school. That way it feels new and refreshed, while keeping the same charectors. But I cannot see mr bay doing this, as his approch seems to be

  • Justin

    If they got rid of shia optimus and bumble bee I would not watch it<br />

  • Gavin

    Replacing Shia would make me actually want to see it