Isn't Transformers 3 supposed to be slated for 2011? I sure hope so!
I haven't seen rumor-speculation about it, so I figure we'll start the thread and wrap it into the movie discussion as we learn more and finally get to see it.
Following "Pandora" in Avatar, and a huge Autobot / Decepticon battle on earth in TF2, I think the next movie can finally take us offworld to Cybertron!
I'd love to see that and I think the audience will accept that now. TF3's fans are already there as a built-in audience from the first 2 films.
Could TF3 be done in 3-D? That seems to be the way things are headed - and it allows the industry to charge us $15 per movie ticket for glasses that they recycle and most-likely reissue anyway.
Cybertron or another alien world would definitely be a good setting in which to introduce 3-D.
Now the other issue is how to get Shia LeBouf into outerspace - a question that tasks us in the real world as well.
They could have some tragic accident that forces him to be placed into a robot body, tragic for he being forever separated from Megan Fox, which will naturally leave her as being available to all the other human males in the galaxy to compete for (along with Wheelie, I guess).
But to copy Avatar (as a majority aren't original these days - and it was done with Daniel in the 1986 Transformers movie anyway), Shia could do the voice-work for his own Autobot character as he adapts to living the rest of his life as his "avatar" robot - only they should actually put his "soul" into the thing.
I don't want to see him merged with BumbleBee. That's too hokey and does injury to BumbleBee's character. Rather BumbleBee can train Sam to use his robot body the way Arcee did for Daniel in 1986's film.
Now, why bring Lennox and Eps (and probably Simmons) ? Well, perhaps security on Cybertron (Shockwave?) scans for robotic lifeforms, but will not be able to detect unexpected biologicals? It's just a plot-excuse because Michael Bay won't make a movie without his human stars, and they save money versus having even more expensive effects shots.
Oh, and Leo, Maggie and Glenn (the latter two from the first movie) can hack Soundwave, as somebody needs to take him out.