Megan Fox reunites with Michael Bay for 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'
Megan Fox and Michael Bay appear to have settled their differences -- the actress, who once referred to the director as "Hitler" after he directed her in his first two "Transformers" films, has been cast in his new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reboot.
Bay himself announced the news on his website on Thursday, February 21, saying: "TMNT: we are bringing Megan Fox back into the family!"
He did not elaborate. Fox's spokesperson had no immediate comment about the news. Her role has not been announced.
This marks the third live-action big-screen adaptation of the popular comic book and TV animated series, which sees a group of wise-cracking, turtle humanoids battle villians, eat pizza and continuously rescue their friend April, a television news reporter. Bay's reboot is due in 2014.
Fox played the female lead in Bay's "Transformers" films. After the release of the second one, the 2009 movie "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," the actress gave an interview to Wonderland magazine and was asked what are her favorite and least favorite things about working with Bay.
"God, I really wish I could go loose on this one," she told the outlet. "He's like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he's a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he's not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he's so awkward, so hopelessly awkward."
"He has no social skills at all," Fox added. "And it's endearing to watch him. He's vulnerable and fragile in real life and then on set he's a tyrant. Shia and I almost die when we make a 'Transformers' movie. He has you do some really insane things that insurance would never let you do."
Days after her interview was published, "Transformers" crew members and writers posted messages on Bay's website, slamming Fox for her comments and calling her "ungracious." The posts were later removed.
Bay responded on his website on Sept. 12, 2009, saying: "I don't condone the crew letter to Megan. And I don't condone Megan's outlandish quotes. But her crazy quips are part of her crazy charm. The fact of the matter I still love working with her, and I know we still get along. I even expect more crazy quotes from her on "Transformers 3.'"
Fox did not star for the third "Transformers" film, the 2011 movie "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," which featured Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as the female lead, alongside returning actor Shia LaBeouf. Fox's spokesperson had said it was the actress' decision not to return.
Bay told GQ magazine in 2011 that it was not his fault Fox was not brought back for the movie. All three "Transformers" films featured Steven Spielberg as an executive producer.
"She was in a different world, on her BlackBerry," Bay said of Fox in an interview with GQ magazine (warning: Explicit language). "You gotta stay focused. And you know, the Hitler thing. Steven [Spielberg] said, 'Fire her right now.'"
"I wasn't hurt, because I know that's just Megan," he added. "Megan loves to get a response. And she does it in kind of the wrong way. I'm sorry, Megan. I'm sorry I made you work 12 hours. I'm sorry that I'm making you show up on time. Movies are not always warm and fuzzy."
Fox did not respond to his remarks, while LaBeouf was quoted as telling GQ: "Criticism is one thing. Then there's public name-calling, which turns into high school bashing. Which you can't do. She started [expletive]-talking our captain."
In addition to the new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film, Bay is meanwhile also directing a fourth "Transformers" film, which features franchise newcomer Mark Wahlberg.
(Pictured above: "Transformers" director Michael Bay, left, bows down in front of cast member Megan Fox backstage after the film received the Best Movie award at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles on June 1, 2008.)