Last week, Michael Bay informed the world that he would be returning to helm the third installment of the Transformers franchise. The film is scheduled for a July 2011 release, and will feature the return of Shia Labeouf and Megan Fox in their respective roles. As for who won’t be returning, co-writers Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci have opted against writing duties for the third film.

Roberto confirmed via the Don Murphy website that he along with writing partner Alex Kurtzman would not be returning to the Transformers franchise. He was asked by a forum member if it was true that the duo had left the series and he replied with “It’s true.” He also went on to say that he would pass along any fandom info or suggestions to Ehren Kruger, the other screenwriter on the films.

I’m not particularly surprised by this news considering the way these two had been distancing themselves from the project after its release. Revenge of the Fallen was poorly reviewed, and contained some of the most unnecessarily crude “jokes” I’d ever seen in a movie. One of the posters even asked Orci how he felt about parents not wanting to take their kids to see the movie due to its content, and he replied with “I can’t blame them.”

Transformers 3 is now left in the solo hands of Ehren Kruger. I’m afraid, I’m very afraid.

What do you think of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci leaving the Transformers franchise?