Michael Bay, the film director, film producer and explosion maker, recently caught up with Hero Complex to provide a brief update on the plans for his forthcoming, ‘Transformers 4.’ After recently wrapping on his Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson-starring bodybuilding, action-comedy caper, ‘Pain and Gain,’ Bay revealed that ‘Transformers 4,’ which is scheduled for a June 29th, 2014 release date, will veer off into new directions, “It’s a new cast,” Bay said with a matter-of-fact tone. “We’ve moving on to something different.”

The filmmaker hinted that the story might move into the future somewhat and mentioned that there would be some redesign of the robots, but he said it is incorrect to call the new film a reboot, “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. I met with the writer before I went off to do ‘Pain and Gain’ and we talked about a bunch of ideas. We let that simmer for a bit. He’s been thinking about stuff and now we’re getting back together next week to see what we’ve got and to see if it gels.” Could the new story involve a departure from Earth? “I think so, yeah, a little,” Bay said. “That 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.”

These comments pretty much fall inline with what producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura had to say about the initial approach for ‘Transformers 4,’ in that it’s going to be a hybrid of using some of the continuity of the first three ‘Transformers’ films, while establishing a new story with new characters, “It’s an evolution. There’s still continuity that’s going on, and yet there’ll be a lot of new cast. Whether there’s anybody from the [original] cast, we don’t even know yet. But the truth is, it’s gonna be a whole new story. The characters that would certainly come along would be Optimus and Bumblebee I’m sure.”

The most recent installment of the franchise, ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon,’ is the fifth highest global grossing film of all time with 1.24 billion dollars of worldwide box office success. Directed by Bay, ‘Transformers 4′ will re-unite the filmmaking team from the hit franchise, including producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto and Ian Bryce; and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. Expect news regarding the cast and story for ‘Transformers 4′ in the coming months. It doesn’t sound like Bay and Paramount have a concrete plan for the film yet, so I would take much of what is said about the film with a grain of salt at this moment in time.