Michael Bay and Shia LaBeouf on Set

After watching the visual cancer that was Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, it’s easy to wonder where it all went wrong. The first film was pretty decent, and had the central story of a boy and his car, the sequel centered on…what? That’s the question a lot of people left the theater wondering, what was it all about? Director Michael Bay must have taken the complaints to heart, because in the third film he wants less action and more story.

Transformers 2 was just released on DVD and within the extras was a segment entitled “The All Spark Experiment.” In it, Bay discusses some of his ideas for the next film and declares that, Transformers 3, it can’t get bigger. We’ve gotta figure out a way to go sideways.” His first plan of action includes having Hasbro send him loads of Transformers lore so he can submerge himself in more of the properties history.

After reading through all of the literature, he states that he’ll have to let it “simmer” in his head for a while. That’s not exactly a vote of confidence, but we’ll see where he goes with that. Another tidbit he’s thought out is the use of Bumblebee in the third film. He says, there has to be more of the yellow robot in the new movie, which I find interesting because isn’t Optimus Prime supposed to be the star of this outfit? What’s his obsession with Bumblebee?

He also says that the scale of ROTF was so grand that the next film won’t have to be. It can be more emotional and even darker. The funniest and most surprising line from the director’s interview is when he says the film won’t be just about “action, action, action.” At that point I had to pull back and say, ‘who are you and what have you done with the real Michael Bay?!’

It’s good that Bay recognizes that the excessive use of everything is what made ROTF a large, noisy disaster. The biggest obstacle here is whether or not he’ll follow through on his promises. The next sequel is scheduled to drop in July of 2011, so he’s got about a year and a half to get things in order. Do you think he can do it?

Do you think Michael Bay can reform the Transformers franchise? What was your biggest issue with the last film?