EXCLUSIVE: ‘Transformers 3′ Bringing Back ‘Core Mythology’ With Shia LaBeouf And Megan Fox

Last week, Michael Bay claimed he would not let his friends at Paramount down as they look forward to a 2011 release date for “Transformers 3.” Speaking to MTV’s Brian Jacks, Hasbro’s CEO talked about what Bay is planning to put returning stars Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox through once the next production gets underway. The new sequel will focus more on characters and the core mythology from the Autobots and Decepticons’ history.

“You’re going to see that great core mythology brought to the fore, and Michael is hard at work at making this a reality and we’re very excited about it,” the series executive producer and Hasbro head Brian Goldner told MTV News. “I mean, I think it’s a great time to put it out in 2011 and we’re very excited about the movie.”

Bay expressed such intentions recently when he announced his and Fox’s return for a third movie. Goldner acknowledged that both of them would come back, along with Sam Witwicky actor LaBeouf.

“Yes he is, and both Megan and Shia are both cast back for that,” he said. Goldner wants to see “Transformers 3″ hearken back to the alien robots’ roots and integrate more elements’ from their established past.

“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.”

Less bedlam, more characters. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” was, by many accounts, a little overpopulated. Presumably, the plan is to scale things back a bit, take more of a quality over quantity approach. Shifting focus to the core mythology, which would perhaps involve some sort of return or flashback to the alien robot homeworld of Cybertron, would certainly help narrow the focus.

Even if Bay holds back, I’m sure there will still be plenty of his trademark bedlam left to go around in his sequel, but Goldner’s prediction seems to point back to the war on Cybertron that first sent its inhabitants out into space and eventually to Earth. Longtime followers will no doubt be quite interested in seeing what elements of established continuity show up when “TF3″ goes into production.

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