Michael Bay Apologizes for Transformers 2, Promises a Better Transformers 3
Posted 06.11.10 by Ryan
Despite poor reviews, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was an inarguable hit last summer, scoring $402 million domestically. What also can't be argued, is that it sucked. Transformers fans have been quick to contest the quality of the Transformers sequel, and even Shia LaBeouf admits that he "wasn't impressed with what we did" in Revenge of the Fallen.
Now director Michael Bay is getting in the apology act. In a recent set visit, Bay talked to USA Today about the failures of Revenge of the Fallen.
I'll take some of the criticism. It was very hard to put (the sequel) together that quickly after the writers' strike (of 2007-08).
Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura agreed.
We tried to do too many things in the second movie, which didn't give enough time in any one of them. We were constantly jumping to the next piece of information, the next place.
Bay promises that Transformers 3 will be better by getting rid of what didn't work in Revenge of the Fallen ("One thing we're getting rid of is what I call the dorky comedy," Bay admitted), and giving Transformers 3 a better ending.
This one really builds to a final crescendo. It's not three multiple endings. As a trilogy, it really ends. It could be rebooted again, but I think it has a really killer ending.
Besides sophomoric humor, Transformers 3 will also be without Megan Fox, who was reportedly dropped from the movie when Paramount declined Fox's option right before shooting began. Fox was replaced by Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as a new love interest for LaBeouf. The change is one that LaBeouf thinks will improve the movie.
I love Megan and I miss the girl. But Sam and Mikaela became one character, and here ... you have discovery again from a new perspective.
The sequel's villains will be better too. Bay called the character of The Fallen "kind of a (expletive) character" so Transformers 3's main villain will be Shockwave, the robot cyclops-turned-laser-cannon and dictator of the Transformers' home world of Cybertron. The plot of the movie is being kept secret, though Bay divulged that the sequel will have something to do with the space race between the U.S. and U.S.S.R.
The movie is more of a mystery. "It ties in what we know as history growing up as kids with what really happened.
Next Showing: Transformers 3
opens July 1, 2011