Another installment of the "Transformers" franchise is officially on the way, whether Shia LaBeouf wants to be a part of it or not.
The actor, who has starred in the series since 2007, said while doing press for the third film, 2011's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," that he wasn't interested in battling the 'bots again. (His co-star Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, on the other hand, has been game to come back.)
Paramount announced the fourth installment on Monday, confirming that filmmaker Michael Bay will be back in the director's chair.
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” didn’t quite impress critics but it’s doubtful director Michael Bay’s crying over that.
The third installment of the “Transformers” franchise has brought in the best opening day gross in 2011, according to the Los Angeles Times, with a gross of $37.3 million from Wednesday's showings. It's playing well in 3-D theaters, which contributed to about 60 percent of sales.
If you add in the $5.5 million from Tuesday night showings, the total comes to $42.8 million.
Critics are calling "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" as bleak and meaningless as its title, but some do say that Michael Bay's latest effort was at least better than the 2009 sequel.
The third installment features a grown-up Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) who teams up with the Autobots against the Decepticons in (of course) a battle of good versus evil involving a mission to the moon.
What would a “Transformers” movie be without a sexy girlfriend by Witwicky’s side? British model-turned-actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley almost seamlessly replaces former co-star Megan Fox, who dropped out of the trilogy last May.
If we know anything about Shia LaBeouf by now it’s that the actor doesn’t bite his tongue, least of all about former co-star Megan Fox.
The 25-year-old star has explained that it may have been Fox’s “Spice Girl strength” that led to her bouncing from the “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” set, and also chimed in when Michael Bay claimed that it was Spielberg who fired Fox after she made those Hitler comparisons. (“She started s- talking our captain. Which you can’t do,” he told GQ.)
Read the full interview with Shia LaBeouf in Details
And now, in an interview with Details for its August issue, LaBeouf alludes that he and Fox were closer than some may have thought. According the magazine, when LaBeouf was asked if he “hooked up” with 25-year-old Fox, who is married to Brian Austin Green, the “Transformers” actor nodded in the affirmative.
Megan Fox and her former co-star Shia LaBeouf have each shared their views on why the actress was replaced in the upcoming “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” and now director Michael Bay is having his say.
Fox, 25, was just in “a different world, on her BlackBerry...You gotta stay focused,” Bay tells GQ in the magazine's July issue. Screenwriter Ehren Kruger adds, “She was there for rehearsals. But she seemed like an actress who didn’t want to be a part of it. She was saying she wanted to, but she wasn’t acting like it.”
And then, of course, there was the time she compared Bay to Hitler in an interview.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who replaced Megan Fox on the set of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," is bringing with her a whole new vibe, "Transformers" star Shia LaBeouf tells the Los Angeles Times.
"Megan developed this Spice Girl strength, this woman-empowerment [stuff] that made her feel awkward about her involvement with Michael [Bay, the director], who some people think is a very lascivious filmmaker, the way he films women," LaBeouf tells the Times.
"And I think [Fox] never got comfortable with it," he adds. "This is a girl who was taken from complete obscurity and placed in a sex-driven role in front of the whole world and told she was the sexiest woman in America. And she had a hard time accepting it."
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