Nikke Finke, the reclusive and possibly fictional scoopmeister behind Deadline Hollywood, is reporting that Megan Fox will not be in Transformers 3. (CNN confirms it.) Paramount has passed on its option to hire her for the sequel, and Finke's sources say the decision ultimately came from director Michael Bay, who has demonstrated in his body of work that he is very good at making poor choices.
The speculation, of course, is that this is Bay's revenge for all the mean things Fox said about him in public -- like, oh, for example, when she compared him to Hitler. (Hey, at least Hitler's projects came in under budget.) Bay and Fox, both accustomed to being the center of attention wherever they go, clashed on the set of the Transformers movies and frequently sparred in the press. Bay talked about maybe killing off Fox's character in the third movie. Now it would seem he's opted to save himself the trouble by just not including her to begin with. Naturally, this will require a massive overhaul of the script, and screenwriter Ehren Kruger is now busily at work pressing Ctrl-F and replacing all the instances of "MIKAELA" with "NEW GIRL."
Kidding aside, though, it's risky for Bay to make such a huge decision this late in the game. (The film is supposed to start shooting right away, with a July 1, 2011, release date.) Shia LaBeouf's character, Sam Witwicky, needs to have a more culturally acceptable love interest than Bumblebee, so someone will have to take Mikaela's place.
But how is Michael Bay going to find another attractive young woman to objectify?