Transformers: Dark Of The Moon / Weirdest movie adaptations | Video | A.V. Talk Video | The A.V. Club Unlike the two previous Transformers installments, which were based solely on the script writers' endemic story, Transformers: Dark of the Moon was based on a novel called Transformers: Ghosts of Yesterday, written by Alan Dean Foster. The novel is a prequel to the 2007 film Transformers. It follows the same story structure as Dark of the Moon, being set in 1969, the year of Apollo 11. The story structure differs slightly, though, due to the fact that the novel was written merely as prequel to the first film. Due to the critically panned Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Bay decided to remove the characters called the Twins entirely from Dark of the Moon: "This one really builds to a final crescendo. It's not three multiple endings. One thing we're getting rid of is what I call the dorky comedy. [The twins are] basically gone." The director "bet" $25,000 that the Twins will not be seen in Dark of the Moon. Bay acknowledged that Revenge of the Fallen was "disappointing to the fans" and stated that he "doesn't want the third one to suck". Bay stated that he wanted Dark of the Moon's final battle to be more geographic and feature a "small group of heroes" like Ridley Scott's war-drama Black Hawk Down. Bay also decided to include Shockwave because he considers the character "bad" and "He's got a much bigger gun [than Megatron and is] a little bit more vicious." Similar to the previous two installments, the film was told in the human point-of-view to engage the audience. Sam Witwicky's previous love interest, played by Megan Fox, was fired due to her description of director Bay's work ethics on the set of the franchise. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is chose to play Sam's love interest in the third installment instead. Bay wanted Sam to have a girlfriend like in the first two films, promising an emotional love story much unlike the previous installments. Actor Shia LaBeouf stated that the additions of Huntington-Whiteley and new characters allows Dark of the Moon to keep the "magic" of the first film. The A.V. Club also stated that the film had several minor story inspirations from the 80's cartoon. Roberto Orci And Alex Kurtzman Are very very Jealous about this though. Remember when Tom DeSanto and Don Murphy met with writer Simon Furman, and cited the Generation 1 cartoon and comics as their main influence? Well shoot my Monkey. DOTM Had many references from the 80's. References: The Ark gets its name from the Autobots' crashed spaceship in the Marvel Transformers comics. "Carly" was the name of Spike Witwicky's girlfriend and eventual wife in the original cartoon. When the worker at Accureta Systems is trying to make the photocopier work, it beeps the "more than meets the eye" refrain from the original cartoon's theme song. The corrosive end met by Ironhide comes at the hands of Cosmic Rust, the oxidizing pathogen that first appeared in the Generation 1 cartoon episode of the same name. Though not named in the film, its identity is made clear by production artwork by Josh Nizzi which labels Sentinel Prime's gun a "Cosmic Rust gun". Megatron removing Abraham Lincoln from his chair at the Lincoln Memorial and then sitting in it is a scene taken directly from the Generation 1 cartoon episode, "Atlantis, Arise!", and the Decepticon ending for Transformers The Game (sort of). The idea of bringing Cybertron to Earth via space bridge and enslaving humans was the plot of the well-regarded Generation 1 multi-part episode "The Ultimate Doom." Likewise, the idea of an influential and powerful human joining forces with the Decepticons, resulting in the Autobots being exiled from Earth by the government via a spacecraft, only for that spacecraft to be destroyed, was the plot behind another popular Generation 1 cartoon multi-part episode, "Megatron's Master Plan." The Xantium is the name of the Wreckers' spaceship in the IDW Publishing's Transformers comics. Sentinel Prime continues his predecessor's legacy of being a giant jerk. Optimus now carries the Matrix around in his chest like he has in past incarnations. The idea of the Decepticons invading and fortifying a major metropolitan center, and the Autobots having to take it back, was also explored in the Generation 1 episode City of Steel.