Transformers 3 to be in 3D after all

Michael Bay offers up a host of new Transformers 3 news, as well as the announcement that the film will indeed be in 3D…

Transformers: Shockwave

Hmmm. After publicly berating the processing of adding post-production 3D to movies earlier this year, and nixing the idea of using 3D cameras to shoot his action sequences, all signs were that Michael Bay’s third and probably final Transformers movie wasn’t going to be in 3D at all.

In case you missed what he said, he told Deadline that “You go to the screening room, you are hoping to be thrilled, and you’re thinking, huh, this kind of sucks. People can say whatever they want about my movies, but they are technically precise, and if this isn’t going to be excellent, I don’t want to do it. And it is my choice.”

He went on to say, “This conversion process is always going to be inferior to shooting in real 3D. Studios might be willing to sacrifice the look and use the gimmick to make $3 more a ticket, but I’m not. Avatar took four years. You can’t just shit out a 3D movie. I’m saying, the jury is still out.”

Our report from earlier in the year is here in case you missed it.

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So, it’s all come as something of a surprise then to learn that Paramount has confirmed Transformers 3 will indeed be released in 3D in the summer of 2011. There’s been no confirmation as to whether the film – which is currently before the cameras – is being shot in 3D, or whether it’ll be a post-production bolt on. Just that in 3D it shall be.

Bay, meanwhile, has also held his hands up to some of the problems with the second film. We don’t remember him being so candid back when he was promoting the movie, but he’s told USA Today, “I’ll take some of the criticism … It was very hard to put (the sequel) together that quickly after the writers’ strike.”

He also revealed that Transformers 3 will have a few changes. “One thing we’re getting rid of is what I called the dorky comedy,” pretty much confirming that the Twins would be disappearing from the movie. And he also strongly suggested that Transformers 3 would offer some finality to proceedings. “This one really builds to a final crescendo. It’s not three multiple endings… As a trilogy, it really ends. It could be rebooted again, but I think it has a really killer ending,” the Baymeister said.

Finally, Shockwave has been confirmed as the villain of Transformers 3, a film that’s going to centre around the USA/USSR space race.

Here‘s the full piece at USA Today.