Don’t expect to see many familiar faces when “Transformers 4” hits theaters.
We already know that the original human cast of the series won’t be returning for the fourth “Transformers” film, but it turns out that we might be losing a lot more than just them. Hasbro President Brian Goldner spoke at the UBS Best of Americas 2012 Conference yesterday and reportedly claimed that “Transformers 4” will introduce new Autobots and Decepticons.
“Transformers 4 will have a new cast of [robot] characters and it will be a story revolving around these new characters,” he said according to Comic Book Movie.
The reasoning, apparently, is because “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” didn’t do well for toy sales even though it did great in the box office. The third “Transformers” film didn’t introduce any new characters, so it didn’t make sense for audiences to buy new figurines. Introduce new Transformers and, boom, you have an increase in sales.
Based on Goldner’s statements, it’s clear that “Transformers” is a cash cow franchise more than anything else right now. The live action series is well passed its due date, but it continues to make boatloads of money and apparently serves Hasbro well in toy sales. We’ll likely get another trilogy out of the reboot of the franchise, despite the fact that Michael Bay plans on leaving after number four.
But the “Transformers” series is nothing without its robot leads, so it makes sense that Hasbro would introduce a new cast of characters. Even without the films, Hasbro, Paramount and DreamWorks could take the new Autobots and Decepticons to the small screen and create a new Saturday morning cartoon out of them. We get the mentality here, we just aren’t very happy about it.
“Transformers 4” is set to hit theaters on June 29, 2014. It will reportedly take place in the future and head to space.