Bay reveals early plot details of 'Transformers 4'

Director says that the action will take place years after Chicago attack in Dark of the Moon

Michael Bay has revealed early details about the plot for his next installment in the 'Transformers' series.

The director, who recently confirmed that he's cast Mark Wahlberg in a lead role, says that the action will happen some years after the events in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon'.

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Transformers 4... will take place four years after Dark of the Moon (Copyright: Paramount Pictures/Hasbro)

Speaking to TMZ, Bay said: “The movie will continue four years from the attack on Chicago; which is in the last movie.

“So it’s going to still have the same lineage. And it’s going a full new direction and feels very natural how it’s going in that direction. There is no way you’re going to ever find out what the story [is] because you don’t have to dig through my trash. But I shredded my trash. Pentagon level encryption on our computers. So good luck to ya!”

The new direction Bay refers to is doubtless the new characters and new robots that will feature in the movie, after it was announced that Hasbro, makers of the toy Transformers and owners of the trademark, wanted new robots to revive dipping sales.

“It’s not a reboot, that’s maybe the wrong word,” said Bay in the summer. “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.

It will be released in summer, 2014.