EXCLUSIVE: ‘Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen’ Co-Writer Roberto Orci Defends Film’s Shortcomings

Between comments from Michael Bay and Shia LaBeouf, the cast and crew of the “Transformers” franchise haven’t exactly denied that “Revenge of the Fallen” had some… problems, to put it mildly.

But Bay, Shia and others have expressed an equal amount of passion towards “Dark of the Moon,” the new “Transformers” movie arriving this summer. The just-released trailer has offered serious hope that “Dark of the Moon” will indeed kick some robot tail, but does that still wash the taste of “Fallen” out of our mouths? And, really, won’t somebody think of the writers?

Well, it turns out that you don’t need to feel too badly for Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the screenwriting duo who brought you “Revenge of the Fallen.” Orci, who has collaborated with Kurtzman on a number of highly respected and anticipated projects including the “Star Trek” reboot and “Cowboys & Aliens,” explained to MTV News in a phone interview that they’re not upset about the “Fallen” backlash — especially when looking at box-office numbers.

“You know what? You’re lucky when people are tossing your movie under the bus and it was the second highest grossing movie of the year behind only the highest grossing movie ever in the history of the world,” said Orci. “So, it’s hard to get mad about that!”

Orci addressed the point further, saying that the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike was a daunting roadblock standing between “Fallen” and surefire top-notch story quality.

“We were aware that we were not going to have as much time as we wanted,” he explained. “So our choices were to back away and let the whole thing die, or just jump in with both feet with Michael. And by the way, he really does take his loyalty to his crew and all of the people he employs very seriously. For him, it’s not just making a release date. For him, it’s all these people are going to be between jobs for a while. That kind of thing keeps him up at night.”

“So we thought, ’Let’s just do it,'” he continued. “’Even if we get hammered, as long as we can deliver something that’s at least worth their $10.’ I don’t lose a lot of sleep over people panning the movie.”

What do you think of Orci’s defense of “Revenge of the Fallen”? Satisfied with his explanation, or do you still take him and Kurtzman to task for the story’s shortcomings? Let us know in the comments section and on Twitter!