Michael Bay’s Transformers 3 is currently in production with the return of Shia Labeouf and the feature debut of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Over at USA Today, they posted an article that features Bay, Labeouf, and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura discussing the faults of the last film and the corrections they’re making with the third. In the midst of this, they revealed a few key details about the new sequel such as the villain of choice and why Sam’s getting a new girlfriend…

When it comes to Revenge of the Fallen’s crappy quality both Bay and di Bonaventura seem to place blame on the writers strike that occurred the previous year. They felt rushed into making the release date and didn’t have enough time to flush out the story. According to the producer,

“We tried to do too many things in the second movie, which didn’t give enough time in any one of them. We were constantly jumping to the next piece of information, the next place.”

Bay claims that Transformers 3 will be a lot clearer and have a better villain. This time the bad guy will be a favorite from the cartoon: “Shockwave, the robot cyclops-turned-laser-cannon, who became dictator of their home world of Cybertron after the other Autobots and Decepticons journeyed to Earth.”

Here’s a photo of Shockwave from the new animated series:

They’re also going to take a step away from the over the top antics that annoyed the shit out of us the last time around. The “dorky comedy” is gone but John Turturro, will return to keep the tone light. He’ll be back but as we all know  Megan Fox will not. She’ll no longer appear as Sam’s girlfriend Mikaela, instead she got replaced by a Huntington-Whiteley a Victoria’s Secret model.

LaBeouf claims that his character goes through several changes as he branches off into adulthood and getting a new woman is just one of them.

“I love Megan and I miss the girl,” LaBeouf says, flecked with fake blood and dirt during a break between shooting. “But Sam and Mikaela became one character, and here … you have discovery again from a new perspective.”

With that new perspective we’ll see the Transformers story wrapping up as a trilogy instead of a long running series. Neither Bay nor di Bonaventura plan on making another movie beyond this installment. The plot is being kept secret but the director did reveal that it centers on a space race between the U.S.S.R. and the USA.

“The movie is more of a mystery,” Bay says. “It ties in what we know as history growing up as kids with what really happened.”

He also stated that the movie could be rebooted again but he’s got a killer ending planned so he doesn’t see why the studio would want to. Does that mean a major character is going to die? How about Optimus Prime or maybe Bumblebee? Who do you think will bite the dust?

What do you think of the new vision for Transformers 3?