Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Megan Fox Fired From Transformers 3 (Updated)

The gossip site Deadline is reporting that Megan Fox is no longer a cast member for Transformers 3, saying it was director's Michael Bays' decision.
I've just learned that Paramount won't be picking up Megan Fox's option on Transformers 3 -- and that it was "ultimately" director Michael Bay's decision. (So he gets his revenge for her remark comparing him to "Hitler".) Right now Bay and writer Ehren Kruger et al are finishing up the script for the threequel and "giving Shia a new love interest makes more sense for the story," an insider tells me. Bay will start casting immediately for the new female co-star.
There has been a bit of history between Megan Fox and Michael Bay. You have her not polite comments on the films, her like Hitler comment, a letter written by crewmembers asking to remove her, Bay's response & Megan's response to the letter and sure more we are not aware of. However, all of this happened months ago and would not explain a sudden move to replace her after principle photography started.

There are multiple caveats on why this is likely false. One, Deadline probably has around a .500 batting average on its rumors in general and has shown tendency to edit their posts to make it seem more accurate then really is. Two, Megan Fox has already been on a Transformers 3 set with the Bumblebee Camaro and makeup for Transformers 3. Three, expensive movies like Transformers 3 tend to avoid replacing their leads after principle photography has started. Sure the Hitler comment could be a cause but if Bay was going to replace her, that decision and casting would have occurred months ago, not now. Finally, Bay already said back in November that he wasn't killing Fox's character and welcomed her return (of course he tends to lie...).

It should be noted that the article claims the script is currently being finished and didn't mention that principle photography has already begun indicating the site is a bit behind the news regarding the movie. While not unprecedented for leads to be replaced after filming has started, it is rare and only occurs under extraordinary circumstances. I don't recall it ever happening for a sequel. Big news like this is going to have to be sourced from other known sources before I recommend anyone take it seriously.

Update: Hey what do you know, more sources already. From Variety, "A studio spokeswoman disclosed Wednesday that Par[amount]'s decided against picking up Fox's option to star as Mikaela Banes in the third installment but declined to elaborate." Thanks to Darian for the link.

CNN is also reporting, "A rep for Paramount confirmed to CNN that Megan Fox won't be back to reprise her "Transformers" role Mikaela Banes for the third time." Thanks to Brian for the link.

I have to wonder what happened for this decision to come down now rather than months ago. It has to be something recent (maybe from that set visit) that became the proverbial straw. Fox will have to start promoting Jonah Hex soon so might get more information then.

55 comments:

  1. Well they seem to be reporting it over at Variety
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118019614.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

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  2. NOOOOOOO THIS IT'S CRAP.....


    WHEN WILL BAY SAY SOMETHING????????

    AND DON'T WANT HER TO GO.

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  3. This is a bit saddening; I hate to say it, but most audiences saw these movies for her. Without her, I fear that Transformers 3 won't necessarily do as well.

    I hope that the best comes out of this.

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  4. Martinus Prime5/19/2010 7:00 PM

    I also think it's bull.
    Wasn't Dempsey's character Mikaela's boss?
    I really hope this part of Bay's misinfo campaign. I really wanna see the miss hotness Fox back in TF3!

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  5. half of the people only watch transformers for megan fox <:)P

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  6. This sounds like just another bit of misinformation... I hope.

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  7. Finally they can introduce Carly to the franchise!!!!!

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  8. that's great, fire her ass and let the next one be about the robots instead of the adolescent crap we get from mtv. only two things wrong with the two earlier movies. too little robot dialogue and the shaky cam. give the fans what they want.

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  9. I'm sure THIS will affect the ticket sales....

    But there's a report on msn.com's celeb section too....it's appearing everywhere, so maybe it IS true.

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  10. hmmm now that sounds interesting..since Megan played Mikaela, they can have Shia's character Sam meet Carly as it was in the original series! this could be good for the movie! Carly sounds good to me! :D

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  11. who's Carly??

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  12. If this is true it is no big loss. She was mainly T&A for the movie. I would prefer an attractive yet less showy female lead, not that I am complaining but sometimes for movies like these you need a more serious character to fill the role. Hasbro may have even had a say in this as they wanted more instead of less so to speak! She(Megan) will do fine, just as long as she does not burn anymore bridges before she crosses them. RIP Megan and just don't turn out like Lindsay Lohan

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  13. This better be a joke. If not, I'm not watching this movie. Nuff said.

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  14. Yea, uh, ok. Goodbye Transformers franchise. This action has triggered my ultimate decision of not giving you another penny from my pocket. f*%k you Michael Bay. You're a shitty director anyways, and this is just going to make your movie even more shit. I feel bad for Shia.

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  15. Hard to say about the ticket sales. I mean Jennifer's Body flopped, and she was the star, and was like half naked in it. lol I really don't think she is why the Transformers movies make so much money. lol

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  16. WOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Good bye Megan! Gooooooood Bye!!!!!!!

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  17. http://www.movieweb.com/news/NELKpOMP801jOT

    ^ Jemma Arterton to replace her. Update this post :)!

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  18. So who's gonna play the role of Mikaela? or will we get Karly now from the G1 series?

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  19. Ah fuck, this is terrible! They cant kick her out, she was the best with the whole movie!
    Damn, now I dont want to see transformers 3, she was the reason i watched hehe..bet the third film wont be popular now without her..ah, this made me sad...now I cant sleep :P

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  20. Who do we want to replace Megan with? I say Anna Paquin, she's beautiful and should be free once True blood is done.

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  21. Sam and Mikaela no more = Transformers franchise is dead meat. It's not going to work.
    You can't rewrite the script main love interest that you built up with so strong feelings between the two main characters on the first two movies and expect Transformers3 to be a success.
    CGI alone won't save it this time.
    If Megan Fox doesn't get back to reprise her role and Michael Bay doesn't change his mind this movie is going the Spiderman4 route already... how many days before Michael Bay quits or gets fired by Paramount just like it happened to Sam Raimi ?
    I really wonder.. how can any rich business man destroy a golden goose like Transformers all of a sudden? Oh well.. Sony Columbia managers killed their own Spiderman $2.5billion golden goose too.. yes.. but I thought Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg were way smarter than business men at Sony..

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  22. Anna Paquin? WTF!!!! No offence, but that actress wont suit at all, she need bracers for god sake :P

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  23. I dont think Megan makes or breaks this franchise. Her role isnt iconic like KD as maryjane was to Spiderman.

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  24. Sounds like a raw deal to me. Bay I think had a money shot scene, one with her bent over something. She said no to it, see ya don't let the door hit you on the way out.

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  25. nooo! this is crap. first we have to put up with kruger as the writer and now this? why don't they just get rid of shia, bumblebee, and optimus as well? i'm sure that would be a great idea too

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  26. transformers 3 is going to be the last movie because if megan will not be there this movie will suck

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  27. people people put your self together!!!ok this is not the end of the world okay!! im sure the movie is going to be kick ass..dont say your not going to see it, cus thats what people said from the second movie,and people still watch it. so please calm down,damn so call fan's hahhaha uff....:p

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  28. AH!!!!!!! SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!!!!!!!!!!do you realy wanna see transformers just for her!!!!!i mean i got a girlfriend and we go see transformers for the dame ROBOTS! i mean come on get a fucking LIFE!!!!

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  29. Ok, let's not go overboard. Megan is not much of a loss. Ticket sales would have suffered majorly from Shia's leaving than anyone else's. In the words of JayZ, "On to the next one!"

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  30. I wonder if they will change of modifi the script?

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  31. Why is everyone so bent out of shape about Megan Fox. Seriously people the movie is called Transformers not Megan Fox the movie is about robots not her. If anyone seen the transformers animated series Sam and his father is the two humans that helped the Autobots. People need to get over it already and stop whinning she did not make the movie neither did Shia. The Robots are what everyone went to see so stop complaining about it. Besides she bit the hand that fed her. If I spent the money to put you on a big budget film and you call me a nazi and what not in some magazine. I won't bring you back either. So Michael Bay had every right. If they do decide to bring in another girl they can pick another girl way hotter than fox without the ego trip. sorry just calling it like i see it.

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  32. i want megan......baY WILL BRING A "NEW" LOVE I

    BULLSHIT

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  33. Maybe it was planned all along, they said people are gonna die, I was thinking Sam's parents would get assassinated by two decepticons disguised as the twins, but what if it was Megan in that smart we saw getting flipped. and maybe her boss leads her into the trap.

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  34. people, just shut the fuck up about this megan fox thing!!!!! she´s ok in the movies, but i was watching a movie called transformers, because there were giant robots in it! but i still hope that there is an explenation in the movie why she isn´t there.

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  35. thank god she gone, I mean she is just bad at acting, shes like preatty wrapped preasent but once you open it theres a big pile of crap inside.

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  36. no megan..no tf 3 for me

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  37. too bad they took megan fox out of the movie, guess that means her carrier is pretty much over. all she gets are crappy rolls in crappy movies 'cause she is a crappy actress. Jennifer's body sucked and sunked in the box office. and transformers ruled got bad reviews but who cares i loved the movies, and they made millions out of the both of them, not thanks to Megan obviously. and anyways her carrier is going down the drain. just saw the Jonah Hex trailer and pretty much looks like a Wild Wild West remake. so good by Megan see you and your deformed fingers in "hasbeen" land

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  38. sorry, but this bugged me a little, not trying to be rude, but it's 'career', not 'carrier'. :)

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  39. ok bring megan back ,wtf????sam has a new love?

    stupid script

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  40. man will this crap ever STOP!!!i didnt go see megan fox the movie DAMNMENT!!!I went see some FUCKING STUPID ROBOTS!!!!!

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  41. Michael Bay better say something about this.

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  42. really dude just make the damn movie fucking good than the eight two movies. megan srry ur hot but u fucked up big time, dump ass. but some of the comment or right. Bay dude if u bring some one else the movie will be confusing. because in transformers 1&2. Sam & mikaela, look like thier in love. And if u take her out its no going to make tht much senes. AND some other comment, right if she have said tht to me i would fired her ass. but wht ever there right its called. transformers not " MEAN FOX " the movie.... "SO MICHEAL BAY GOOD LUCK. AND IF UR READING THIS I SAY BUT MORE ROBOT FIGHT IN THE NEXT MOVIE TRANSFORMERS 3. THT THE BEST THING ABOUT TRANSFORMERS THR "FIGHT" oh and yeah for the rest just give if it a change. i mean the thred movie of transformers. and as for u MEGAN FOX don't started doing drugs and shit cause tht not cool. ur fucking hot. ps love u. pces

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  43. where in the world did josec113 go to school because half of what he/she said made no sense at all!

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  44. Good, now we can get rid of all the fake fans who only saw the movie for her.

    Leave the real Transformers fans to see the movie for what it was meant to be seen for. Your favorite Transformers characters kicking ass.

    Besides, I don't get what the big hype is on Megan. Her body is a dime a dozen. You can see a body like that anywhere so why settle for mediocre acting and an unappealing personality? Other then her "body" I never saw what was so attractive about her.

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  45. I think this is all fake! And If not, then I don't care.

    I agree with Anonymous above me @ 5/21/2010 3:48 PM
    The movie is about transformers, the title of the movie says "TRANSFORMERS" and NOT "MEGAN FOX". So, I hope there is now more Screentime for the Transformers transforming

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  46. You are out of your mind.. so you want to get rid of the general public "fake fans" that made the movies a financial success worldwide,uh?
    If that is what Bay and Spielberg wanted to achieve then Bay firing Megan Fox is surely going to work because Transformers3 is going to flop at boxoffice without Mikaela Banes played by Megan Fox.
    Movie consistency, continuity and characters have all been broken thanks to this giant mess.

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  47. Guys im a megan fox fan but I kinda disagree it will not flop.I dont think any 6 to 10 year old went to see this movie because of her.Unless were talking about the new generation.Anyway I wish Megan all the luck and I hope transformers 3 will be awsome

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  48. @ Anonymous 5/22/2010 6:33 AM

    the movie won't flop, because it's not a movie about megan fox/mikaela banes. It's a movie about giant effing robots beating the crap out of eachother.
    people have to accept that.

    I doubt that people pay a full ticket just to see a good looking woman for a few minutes. The internet is a much better place for that, and it's mostly for free.

    people want to see transformers (giant effing robots), that's also the title.
    it's "Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen", and not "Megan Fox - Revenge of... who the f cares?"

    If people watched TF 1 & 2 just because Megan Fox had a few minutes screentime, then yes, they are "fake fans" and not the true audience for which the film was made.

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  49. @NHLfan: you don't have a clue do you? Little kids aged 5-12 may not care but the rest of the general public will surely dislike a messed up script with the soulmates couple disappearing. It's untrue to the first two movies, it's untrue to the original G1 and comics source material, it's just bad writing.
    A director that fires his lead female actress all of a sudden, when principal photography just started on the third movie ending chapter of the first trilogy, that he created and promoted on his biggest franchise for whatever bickering or other reason and orders the writer to rewrite the script to add a new female love interest for Sam .. this is just so dumb, wrong and retarded. Only a newbie director could be allowed to do such a mess. Michael Bay doing it just shows that he screwed it up completely and it's sad to see Steven Spielberg not doing anything to bring Megan Fox back and fix this movie. Transformers3 is now broken at the core.

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  50. Anonymous @ 5/23/2010 6:19 AM
    maybe Michael Bay can't do nothing about it, becasue afaik he didn't fire her, she went by her own.

    But still, I believe this is all fake and just a big marketing concept or whatever,...

    And if it's true, I wouldn't care, and I'm not a little kid. I'm watching the movie for transformers (I just love the great animation and the action, I don't like love stories in action movies, that's why I don't care).
    I wouldn't worry about the script, because it was already known weeks before we knew it, that she will leave. And the Transformers Franchise doesn't depend on Megan Fox, this is just a misbelief.

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  51. If you want to try to keep Megan in the movie go to
    www.petitiononline.com/ohiost28/petition.html
    to sign a petition to keep her in the movie

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  52. listen everyone if megan fox doesnt return in the 3rd transformers then it's gonna lick balls along with megan fox haters, i like transformers for its intense action and awesome storyline and cars but if megan fox doesnt return then michael bay might as well just stick the movie and the whole fucking set up his ass!!

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  53. I LOVE MEGAN FOX, if they dont bring her back then the movie is gonna suck as big nuts as fast & furious 4!! why would michael bay even think about killing of megan fox or whatever the fuck he thinks he's gonna pull out of his ass to make transformers 3 be a awesome movie! Most of all they need to put more action in it and make it awesome like the action in transformers 1!! George lucas rocks! along with steven speilberg! michael bay kinda sucks!

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  54. she is a part of trasformers so the whole new love thing is wrong. thats why he wanted the car in the first place. rember "alright mojo I got the car. Now I need the girl. What I need is money to take out the girl."

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  55. i agree with the person above

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