No More Transformers Movies for Shia LaBeouf, but Harrison Ford Is Staying Fit and Indiana Jones 5 Is "Not So Far Off"
06.10.11 by BJSprecher
Despite the box office success of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the movie was ridiculed by critics and die-hard fans alike. Even the human star of the franchise, Shia LaBeouf, panned the movie, saying that he "wasn't impressed" by it and lamenting that "the heart was gone." LaBeouf was under contact to appear in the sequel, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, a movie that he recently described to MTV as "the best" in the series in terms of both action and story, and in the way director Michael Bay "did the 3-D in a different way than anyone has ever done it before," but said that it will definitely be his last Transformers movie.
I'm not coming back to do another one. I don't think Mike [Bay] will either. It still is a hot property, I think, especially coming out of the third one. So I imagine they'll reboot it at some point with someone else.
LaBeouf said that the second suffered, among other reasons, because the action was too confusing, a problem that Bay supposedly solved in Dark of the Moon by setting much of the action in one location.
It's the best action, in terms of the geography. In the second one, you get confused as to who's fighting who and where you are, because it's such a big landscape. This one is Black Hawk Down-ish. It's one location, and the geography is simple to understand.
LaBeouf also credited the inclusion of some top-notch talent to the cast of Dark of the Moon.
It's the most solid screenplay we've had since we started. All those things plus new cast we have, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Ken Jeong, a lot of strong additions. Everything we got right in the first one, we've implemented here.
LaBeouf has talked in the past about his eagerness to return to the Indiana Jones franchise as Mutt Williams, the formerly estranged son of the title hero played by Harrison Ford. He updated the status of the project with MTV during the same interview conducted at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards, saying that Indiana Jones 5 is "not so far off."
"I talked to Harrison. He said he's staying in the gym, he said that he's heard no word, but he does know that George [Lucas, writer-producer-creator] is out there looking for a MacGuffin [Alfred Hitchcock metaphor for a a plot device intended to motivate the action in a movie]. He said he's staying in the gym, so it means that [the movie is] not so far off.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon was written by Ehren Kruger. The cast includes Josh Duhamel, Patrick Dempsey, Alan Tudyk, and John Turturro. The movie opens nationwide on June 29th.