Transformers: Dark of the Moon (live-action movie)
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On May 2010, following numerous rumors and reports of Megan Fox being vocal against Michael Bay, Paramount Pictures opted not to keep Fox in the film. Gemma Arterton, Bar Refaeli, Miranda Kerr, Brooklyn Decker were initially rumored to replace Fox before Paramount confirmed Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as the new female lead. It was revealed on June 2011 that Steven Spielberg himself fired Fox after she compared Bay to Adolf Hitler during an interview.
Tony Todd, who previously played the voice of The Fallen in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, was rumored to appear in this film as a human character.
This is director Michael Bay's first threequel (third instalment in a series/trilogy).
Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who worked on the screenplay for the previous two films, declined to work on this film due to schedules with other films and because they "risked getting stale."
The other reason Megan Fox decided not to reprise her role as Mikeala Banes shortly before shooting even began, was because of being in favor of getting married to Brian Austin Green.
The Autobots have upgraded their alternate modes: Bumblebee has received an upgrade and is now a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro. Ratchet has changed his color to a brighter shade of green. Sideswipe is now a Chevrolet Centennial Corvette convertible
In view of the technology's rising popularity, Paramount/Dreamworks were adamant to have this film either shot for 3-D or converted in post-production. Director Michael Bay was initially wary of the technology, calling it a "gimmick" in various interviews and noting the poor quality of post-production conversion. Vince Pace, the co-found of PACE 3D who developed 2D and 3D cameras with James Cameron reported in July 2010 that he was working on Transformers 3 and that it will be shot in on PACE 3D cameras.
Optimus Prime's trailer bears a resemblance to the original one from "The Transformers" (1984) with the decorative stripe running along its side.
During filming in Washington, DC, the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro automobile that plays Bumblebee collided with an metro police K-9 SUV that was responding to a bomb alert. The police officer involved sustained minor injuries, and Bumblebee sustained considerable damage. Filming was able to continue though, as there were copies of each automobile provided in the event of such occurrences happening.
A tilting office set was constructed to simulate a Decepticon attack.
The Wreckers take the alternate modes of NASCAR Chevrolet Impala automobiles, resembling those of Juan Pablo Montoya (#42 Target), Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (#88 AMP Energy/National Guard) and Jimmie Johnson (#48 Lowe's/Kobalt).
The idea of Apollo 11 being connected to the discovery of the Transformers had been previously put forth in the Transformers (2007) tie-in prequel novel 'Ghosts of Yesterday'.
James D. Weston II, who played a Pentagon ops officer in Transformers (2007) returns as a special ops member of Josh Duhamel's Lennox team.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is playing Carly, a primary character that was introduced in the second season of G1 Transformers.
The "dark of the moon" is defined as a phase (approximately three days) when the light of the moon is obscured, and thus absent (i.e. a no-moon time), and precedes the new moon and the beginning of a new lunar cycle. Symbolically, it represents a time of inner stillness and contemplation, and preparedness for a new beginning.
The Autobot Wheeljack's alternate mode in "The Transformers" (1984) was a Lancia Stratos sportscar, but this was revised to a Mercedes-Benz E550 automobile.
Production was shut down for a few days when an extra, Gabriella Cedino was severely hurt on the set during a stunt explosion. The extra wasn't involved with the explosion and was actually injured from a separate freak accident; a cable near her car snapped and went through her windshield. The injury has left her permanently brain-damaged, paralyzed on her left side and her left eye stitched shut.
US$1 million was spent during the two days of filming at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Corey Burton, who voiced Shockwave in "The Transformers" (1984) and "Transformers: Animated" (2008), was approached to reprise Shockwave for the film, but turned it down as he'd done that role too many times. He had earlier been approached to voice Jazz and Brawl for the first film.
Megatron's alternate mode in this film is a Mack Titan tanker truck, his first Earth disguise. This was chosen to put him on parallel with Optimus Prime (the filmmakers described him as "a demented version of Prime").
A Decepticon attack leaves Simmons in a wheelchair. This is a homage to Chip Chase, a wheelchair-bound human from "The Transformers" (1984) who was an ally of the Autobots.
Michael Bay described the tone of the film as "a homeland version of Black Hawk Down (2001) with giant alien robots."
Sentinel Prime is primarily based on his role in the "Transformers" comics (Optimus Prime's yellow-colored predecessor) and his lance and shield were taken from his "Transformers: Animated" (2008) incarnation, but his later form on Earth - a red Rosenbauer Panther fire truck - is a homage to the _"Transformers: Robots in Disguise" cartoon, which had Optimus for the first time as a fire truck.
Laserbeak's alternate mode in "The Transformers" (1984) was a tape cassette, but that was considered old-fashioned. He retains his robotic condor form throughout the film.
Michael Bay compared Megatron to Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now (1979): "He's hiding in the jungles of Africa, nursing his wounds and vainly hiding his pulverized visage while plotting - what else? - revenge!"
Peter Cullen's favorite moment in the film is when Optimus Prime meets with astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
This is the first movie that starts with Megatron being conscious. In previous installments Megatron was awaken or resurrected.
The film is loosely based on two story arcs from the original Transformers animated series: "The Ultimate Doom" and "Megatron's Master Plan".
Ironhide's death by disintegration is a reference to Cosmic Rust, a chemical reaction that affects only Cybertronians and was first seen in the original Transformers animated series.
At the NEST hangar, a private jet with the code "4500X" is seen in the background. This is the code number of Michael Bay's private jet. The number was also used on Blackout's helicopter mode in the first film.
Leonard Nimoy's first involvement in a Transformers Movie since the 1986 animated movie. Which was released nearly 25 years prior to this film.
Due to Leonard Nimoy's involvement in the film, there are some Star Trek references. In one scene where Wheelie and Brains are arguing, an episode of Star Trek is airing on the television. While preparing the Space Bridge, Sentinel Prime says, "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." This is a quote made by Spock in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Megatron's characterization in this film heavily reflects that of Galvatron, Megatron's upgraded form, from the original series "Transformers" (1984). This being, after the destruction of Galvatron's Master, Unicron, he becomes a little more than insane in the series, in the same way, the destruction of The Fallen from the previous film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) has caused Megatron to go slightly insane.
Scenes from Michael Bay's The Island (2005) freeway way chase were recycled for the chase on the freeway between The Autobots and the Decepticon Dreads.
Despite being written out of the script after Megan Fox was fired, a photo of Mikaela appears on Sam's dresser in the film.
The Star Trek episode Wheelie & Brains were watching on TV was episode 31 "Amok Time".
Francesco Quinn, who voiced Dino, died of a heart attack a month after the release of this film.
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