We don't know much about 'Transformers 4.' We know Michael Bay will be back (of course). We know that Mark Wahlberg will be replacing Shia LaBeouf as the human who gets the most lines between robot fights. We know that it'll most likely be more of the same, for better or for worse. But now we know a little more: Michael Bay spoke to TMZ about the film and revealed that part four will take place four years after the events of the last film.

We know what you're thinking: Michael Bay and 'Transformers' and TMZ? Yeah, we need a shower, too.

Anyway, we've quoted the only item of interest from the TMZ interview below, so you won't have to worry about sullying your browser with lousy gossip websites. Here you go:

"The movie is going to continue four years from the attack on Chicago, which was in the last movie. It's going to have the same lineage, but it's going in a full new direction. It actually feels very natural how it's going in that direction... We're doing a lot of things that are really going to make it fresh and feel new."

A few quick observations.

First of all, the whole "four years later" thing reminds us a lot of how 'The Dark Knight Rises' picked up eight years after the end of 'The Dark Knight.' And that's where that comparison ends. However, expect the 'Transformers' publicity team to tease the details of this time jump for as long as they possibly can.

Secondly, Bay's choice of words indicates that this one will be a bit of a reboot. In the modern cinematic landscape, "full new direction" is code for "we're taking a few things that we like and leaving behind everything you don't like, are you happy now?!"

When it eventually opens in a few years, expect 'Transformers 4' to make $300 million despite everyone talking about how terrible it is.