Michael Bay 'Worked Extra Hard' To Get 'Transformers: Dark of The Moon' Right

Optimus Prime once uttered the words: "All we need now is a little energon and a lot of luck." Megatron's retort -- "More than you can imagine, Optimus Prime" -- more than applies to "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," Michael Bay's third and final installment in the robot-smashing trilogy.

Now, luck isn't required when it comes to the commercial side of things; based on the box office performances of the past two "Transformers" movies, there's little doubt that "Dark of the Moon" is going to be huge. But not everyone was satisfied with the creative side of "Revenge of the Fallen," least of all Bay himself -- and the director knows just how important it is to get it right for his final round in the "Transformers" series.

"I think it takes a while to get it right," Bay told MTV News about the creative process on the third "Transformers" film. "We did not want the third one to suck. We worked extra hard."

Bay acknowledged the difficulties that plagued "Revenge of the Fallen," citing the infamous 2007-2008 writer's strike as a major factor in that film's creative disappointments.

"The second one we had a tough go [of it] because we had a writer's strike," he said. "It was a very, very tough thing to make a movie under those circumstances. It affected a lot of Hollywood at that time."

But Bay's outlook has changed for round three, with the director promising a more grounded and centralized "Transformers" movie than he's ever delivered before.

"We just have, I think, a better story," he said. "It's epic and it happens in a city, so it's more accessible because you recognize stuff; it's not in a desert. It's kind of like 'Black Hawk Down' with our small group of heroes in a city."

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