Thanks to the Michigan Film Office, the plot synopsis for Michael Bay's "Transformers 4" was unveiled on Wednesday.
The story details — involving "an ancient, powerful Transformer menace" and a group of scientists trying to harness the technological power from previous transforming aliens — were slipped when announcing that the Paramount production was approved for a tax incentive to film in Detroit. A Michigan Film Office press release reads:
"As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs. The epic adventure and battle between good and evil, freedom and enslavement ensues."
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Bay has been tight lipped about any plot details, other than being clear that the movie is not a reboot and it picks up four years after the events that took place in "Dark of the Moon."
"The story makes a very natural transition, and reason as to why we have a whole new cast," Bay wrote in the casting announcement. "This 'Transformers' will feel very different then the last three. We are embarking on a new trilogy.”
"Transformers 4" will be the third film in the franchise to shoot scenes in Detroit, making 2009's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" the only exception. The latest production was awarded a $20 million incentive on nearly $82 million projected in-state expenditures.
The franchise has grossed over $2.6 billion at the global box office.