'Transformers 4' Synopsis Revealed, Shooting Begins This Spring in Michigan

Director Michael Bay's sci-fi action sequel will feature a group of powerful businessmen and scientists 'pushing the boundaries of technology.'
Transformers 4 will start shooting this spring in Detroit
Transformers 4 will start shooting this spring in Detroit
While it was believed that director Michael Bay's Transformers 4 will begin production in Chicago this summer, the action sequel will actually start shooting in Detroit this spring. The Michigan Film Board has granted a $20 million incentive on the proposed $81.9 million they plan on spending in the state of Michigan. Although an exact production start date wasn't given, the Michigan Film Board press release did include a synopsis.

We can't include the synopsis as it appeared, but we can tell you that the story will begin some 4 years after the conclusion of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Most of the Autobots and Decepticons have disappeared from earth, while a group of scientists study the aliens in hopes of learning more about them, and the technology they have to offer, and how it can help mankind. Meanwhile, a Transformer from a bygone era reemerges with plans to take over the planet, and enslave mankind. This kicks off a new franchise trilogy that will bring the Autobots back to defend their human companions and help fight for justice and freedom.

Here's what Michigan Film Board director Margaret O'Riley said about the franchise returning to Detroit.

"It speaks volumes about all Michigan has to offer that Transformers is returning once again to our state. This project will shine another bright spotlight on Michigan and provide tremendous opportunities for our cast, crew and support services."

2007's Transformers and 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon were both shot in Detroit. It isn't known how long the production will remain in Detroit, but the report from earlier this week revealed the Chicago shoot will start in June and run through October. The story, written by Ehren Kruger, will be set four years after the events in 2011's Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, and Jack Reynor are the only confirmed cast members at this point.

Transformers: Age of Extinction was released June 27th, 2014 and stars Nicola Peltz, Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, T.J. Miller, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Jack Reynor. The film is directed by Michael Bay.

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  1. undeadslayer4


    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  2. Vanboy

    @jasonkat I don't think the government had much to say about a kid keeping his alien car, when the only thing saving Humanity from destruction was the alien cars they were trying to keep locked down. It's like, "Let my car go and let me keep it or we all die, period."

    1 year agoby @vanboyFlag

  3. Vanboy

    Hopefully the Autobots are nowhere in sight, because they changed their designs to Gen 1 models so nobody recognises them, and they can really hide this time and to play it low key. It's Bay's last chance to save the franchise in my eyes. Make the fans happy and make Prime a Peterbuilt and Bumblebee a 2014 VW Beetle!

    1 year agoby @vanboyFlag

  4. Vanboy

    @roberto Mata, "So many questions to be answered on the next exciting episode of...TRANSFORMERS..!"

    1 year agoby @vanboyFlag

  5. Sean

    @SherlockHolmes2009 Yeah, i think i would rather see Unicron as well.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  6. SherlockHolmes2009

    @themoviefanatic Yea I would like to see both but if I had to choose, Id rather see Unicron. With Godzilla and Pacific Rim coming out I think some people just confuse all 3 or that each ones ripping off the other

    1 year agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  7. Sean

    @SherlockHolmes2009 Yeah, i think i would be okay with either one being in Transformers 4.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  8. ejk1

    I expect a riveting story.

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  9. SherlockHolmes2009

    @themoviefanatic Well some fans really wanna see Dinobots in the Transformers series but alot of fans would prefer seeing Unicron in the next film, kind of like seeing a live action version of the 1986 animated Transformers film

    1 year agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  10. Sean

    @SherlockHolmes2009 One of the two? I guess if they have one or the other in the movie, either one one would be cool to see in the movie if it won't be both of them.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  11. SherlockHolmes2009

    @themoviefanatic Its really one of a few routes they can take really. Fans have been wanting either Unicron or the Dinobots in the films so I think theyll do one of the 2

    1 year agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  12. Kevin Quiveors

    One word: Unicron!!!

    1 year agoby @Kevin-QuiveorsFlag

  13. JasonKat

    Personally, I think that when dealing with a transformers film, You gotta keep the "people" from coming back for the next chapter,

    I feel that TF1 was the best1 "yet".. TF2 should have taken a way diff. direction. There was no point of bringing back 70% of the cast back other than Sam (Shia) and Mikaela (fox) and maybe sam's parents, and maybe John Keller (Jon Voight) too!.
    The rest NO NO!,
    The GOV. would NOT have let sam keep his alien car, noway in hell.
    TF3 is another story. better than part2 but still dull storytelling wise.
    Now TF4... Should be the direction part2 should have taken. We yet to find out. I dont care if it takes place on earth either.

    1 year agoby @jasonkatFlag

  14. Geric Ramos

    much more less...

    1 year agoby @Geric-RamosFlag

  15. Sean

    @skywise Maybe he had changed his mind about that one point?

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  16. kingbrady

    it can only be Unicron

    1 year agoby @kingbradyFlag

  17. ChiRep_1

    @narrator Hah! I think we can all agree that anything outside of his "tough guy" persona is asking for trouble, the only exception being Ted.

    1 year agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  18. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    Eh, I'm not that excited for this 4th installment.

    1 year agoby @redcameramanFlag

  19. Ghostman

    Human enslavement?

    1 year agoby @ghostmanFlag

  20. Monkeyiron 2.0

    Needs some f*cking improvement that's all I'm going to say

    1 year agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  21. Upsmann44

    I'm so glad I live in Michigan, hopefully they have a casting call for extras.

    1 year agoby @upsmann44Flag

  22. Sean

    @SherlockHolmes2009 Yes, hopefully!

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  23. TheObserver

    awwwn and just as they started rebuilding

    1 year agoby @TheObserverFlag

  24. SherlockHolmes2009

    Hopefully Unicrons in this

    1 year agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  25. MovieManiac

    @narrator - Not gonna lie, I have problems taking Marky Mark seriously, in general.

    1 year agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  26. the Narrator

    @ChiRep-1 Ahaha! I thought the exact same thing. Of all the things to nitpick this project about, I guess neither of us can take Marky Mark seriously as a scientist.

    1 year agoby @narratorFlag

  27. skywise

    I sense Unicron - altho Bay had said he would not do that story.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  28. ChiRep_1

    Please tell me Wahlberg isn't playing a businessman or scientist, lol.

    1 year agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  29. Nick Ellsworth


    1 year agoby @nick-ellsworthFlag