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“IT’S GOT ROBOT de­men­tia,” says Michael Bay. That’s his med­i­cal di­ag­no­sis of a shapeshift­ing World War I tank we’ll see in Trans­form­ers: The

Last Knight, the fran­chise’s lat­est and, says Bay, big­gest out­ing yet. The di­rec­tor has lots to say about up­grades, re­vamps and new char­ac­ters, as The Last Knight sets the stage for the ex­panded mythol­ogy we’re go­ing to get from here on (the next two films are al­ready out­lined). “This movie is much more of an ad­ven­ture than the oth­ers,” he ex­plains. “There’s a ton of leg­end stuff.”

He likes leg­end stuff. Age Of Ex­tinc­tion had ter­raform­ing alien ‘Seeds’ de­stroy­ing the di­nosaurs, and this one will fea­ture Arthurian knights and, for good mea­sure, Hitler. Bay, then, is fid­dling with his­tory again? “Ab­so­lutely,” he grins. “That’s the fun of it, right?”

If this is Bay’s fi­nal stint at the Trans­form­ers helm, he’s go­ing out with the mother of all bangs. “Lis­ten, we’re lit­er­ally the only movie in the world shoot­ing in IMAX 3D,” he says when we ask about scope. “We’re shoot­ing a lot of IMAX 3D. To do that is very ex­pen­sive. It’s hard, it’s the first time an IMAX 265 cam­era’s ever been in 3D. But that’s what it takes to get great 3D. All the other 3D’s bull­shit. It is, it’s just bull­shit. I re­ally want peo­ple to see this in 3D, es­pe­cially in IMAX!” In con­clu­sion: this is go­ing to be big. ALEX GOD­FREY

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