Well this news story definitely comes as a bit of shock. According to Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood, Megan Fox will not be returning for Transformers 3. What’s more, it wasn’t even her choice: Paramount and Michael Bay simply decided not to pick up the option for her to appear in a third film. While I’m sure most people will chalk this up to Michael Bay getting back at her for statements she made about his fascist directorial style, I have to wonder, would he really be that petty?
If I remember correctly, he laughed off those statements on his own blog, but perhaps Michael Bay’s ego does factor into his decision making process. I suspect the bigger reason may be the massive Megan Fox backlash that seems to be happening right now. After the box office failure of Jennifer’s Body, people have definitely been questioning her appeal as a leading lady. Still, whether or not you think she can act, you have to admit that Megan Fox contributed significantly to the hype and success of Transformers (well, the second film, at least). Is this a smart move by Paramount? Is Megan Fox an important component to the Transformers formula, or could her absence actually improve the third film? I am betting that people will applaud Bay’s choice, but secretly harbour disappointment that they won’t get to see her seductively tinkering with any more car or motorcycle engines. Thoughts?