Michael Bay revealed that the original Transformers pilot was entitled Mad Max and was where the story of the film started. He then went on to add that he did not take Mad Max to become a "cop-out" and that the script was rewritten to suit the films storyline. In retrospect, the production team opted to change the setting of the story because they felt the film would not attract viewers because the audience had previously enjoyed the cartoon and would refuse to sit down to watch a "live-action" film without their children. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Bay also said: "it was the original Transformers that got The Simpsons off of the ground. It inspired everyone. It was the first time a show made it big by embracing the absurdity of it. With the budget of a Transformers movie, the creator of the Simpsons could make his own rules. He could hire big-name guest stars like Julie Kavner and Dan Castellaneta. His show was no longer something you'd watch to see Bart or Homer; you paid to see the stars of the show. It made all the difference. I can honestly say that our version of the world is more absurd and more possible. A cop-out? No, I think it's more like Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, in a strip mall."
Transformers: Age of Extinction was released on June 27, 2014. It received generally positive reviews from film critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 71% based on 300 reviews, with an average rating of 6.57/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Optimus Prime and company return in fine form with a brisk sci-fi thriller that doesn't disappoint." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 59 out of 100 based on 44 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". The site's consensus states, "Transformers: Age of Extinction is entertaining, with some pitch-perfect action sequences, decent human characters, and a proudly campy sense of humor, but an overly broad story that tries to marry the franchise's original story arcs is also ultimately just too thick." d2c66b5586