Megan Fox in Transformers: Revenge of the FallenIf you felt like the first two 'Transformers' movies left plot questions unanswered and subtle nuances of the giant-robot mythology unexplored, here's some good news. Franchise director Michael Bay announced yesterday that the third installment is coming a year early –- in 2011, not 2012, as initially projected. He also said that robot-fleeing hottie Megan Fox will still be on board, despite her outspoken grumbling about taskmaster Bay, complaints that led to counter-charges against her from some of the 'Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen' crew. Megan Fox in Transformers: Revenge of the FallenIf you felt like the first two 'Transformers' movies left plot questions unanswered and subtle nuances of the giant-robot mythology unexplored, here's some good news. Franchise director Michael Bay announced yesterday that the third installment is coming a year early –- in 2011, not 2012, as initially projected. He also said that robot-fleeing hottie Megan Fox will still be on board, despite her outspoken grumbling about taskmaster Bay, complaints that led to counter-charges against her from some of the 'Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen' crew.

In an October 1 announcement on his website, Bay writes that the new 'Transformers 3' release date is July 1, 2011. He tells fans that the movie will have a "great" story, and that he and writer Ehren Kruger are talking to toymaker Hasbro about new characters.

Bay also takes the opportunity to rib Fox, who has spent all summer groaning about the director in interviews, likening him to Hitler and saying that he demanded from her lots of running and screaming but no real acting. The Hitler remark earned Fox a lengthy rebuke from three anonymous longtime Bay crew members who called her "a thankless, classless, graceless, and shall we say unfriendly bi***."

Bay has disavowed both that crew letter and Fox's "outlandish quotes", but in yesterday's announcement, he warns Fox that she shouldn't expect to be treated any more gently on the "T3" shoot, saying, "Please consult your Physician when working under my direction because some side effects can occur, such as mild dizziness, intense nausea, suicidal tendencies, depression, minor chest hair growth, random internal hemorrhaging and inability to sleep. As some directors may be hazardous to your health, please consult your Doctor to determine if this is right for you." Funny, the same might be said about his movies.