Last summer's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" left a fair number of fans and critics disappointed. For all of the slick action and convincing CG effects, a too-strong focus on the alien robots made human stars Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox feel like supporting players.
LaBeouf, who is currently promoting "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" at the Cannes Film Festival, acknowledges the sequel's shortfalls and promises a more fulfilling experience in July 2011's "Transformers 3."
"When I saw the second movie, I wasn't impressed with what we did," the actor said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in France. "There were some really wild stunts in it, but the heart was gone."
LaBeouf is about to start work on the 2011 sequel, and he's feeling optimistic about the possibilities. After affirming that he thinks the next outing will be the best one yet, he went on to reveal that the script "restores a human element that got lost in the second movie."
MTV News recently spoke with "Transformers" producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who promised a third movie that digs even deeper into the established franchise's mythology. "We are going to continue to explore the past in the third one and that will continue to inform the present," he explained. "You try to get as close as you can to the lore, and sometimes you run into pieces where there's not enough information to make a judgment, so you make you own call."
Fans have been hearing this for some time. Director Michael Bay has a lot of love for the "Transformers" universe, and, as a fan, he wants to do these movies right. Hasbro head Brian Goldner told MTV News as much in an interview earlier this year.
"What we're really doing is getting back to some of the core character development and storytelling. And I think there's some elements of the core story that the filmmakers, Michael in particular, wanted to tell,"
Goldner explained. "He's really well-versed in the Transformers lore.
So I think you'll see, you know, less bedlam, more characters."
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