If yesterday's trailer gave you 'Transformers' fans out there hope for the potential of 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' Michael Bay's latest discussion with the blogging community should help even more. Collider recorded an epically long lunch chat in which Bay apologized for the second film, talked about his attempts to make up for it with film number three and how the addition of 3D changed his cinematic process.
Talking about 'Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen,' Michael Bay explained:
"We tried to learn from the second movie. On the second movie we got burned. We had a writers strike, we had to agree on a story in three weeks, and then we knew they were going on strike. It was a f***ed scenario all the way around; it wasn't fair to the writer; it wasn't fair to me; it wasn't fair to anybody. It was still an entertaining movie, but I think we failed on certain aspects. What we did with this movie is I think we have a much better script, and we got back to basics. ... It's more serious. I got rid of the dorky comedy; I mean we've got two little characters, that's it, but the dorkiness is not there. Dork-free Transformers. It's much more serious. It's still entertaining; it's big looking."
Not only is it supposedly dork-free, but it'll also be a little less manic. Offering up the third chapter in 3D, Bay had to change his dizzying, quick-cut visuals to suit the format, noting that the third dimension "actually changed my style on this movie -- I've got many more wides, the camera's not wild. So it does change my style a bit."
But where is it all headed after an explosive beginning, a writers' strike-plagued middle and a third-dimensional third act? According to Bay, this is it for him and the cast: "I think this has gotta be it. I think someone else will take the torch from here. ... It's just that I don't think you could do it again with Shia [LaBeouf] and everybody, I think it's time to move on."
Did you jump off the 'Transformers' train after the disappointing sequel? Are calm cameras, 3D action, and a little Buzz Aldren (yes, folks -- he's been involved with the production, and will appear in the film) be enough to put your butts in the seats and see what happens on the dark side of the moon?