What Michael Bay’s ‘Small Movie’ Is All About

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 4:17 pm,

pain gain michael bay What Michael Bays Small Movie Is All About

On Saturday, Screen Rant reported on Michael Bay’s personal project that he’d be working on before moving on to rounding off the Transformers trilogy.

Transformers 3 was initially planned for a 2011 release, making each film in the series two years apart, but Bay wanted an extra year so he could work on what he described as a “small movie” – a project entirely different from his usual cup of exploding tea.

Bay described the proposed film as such:

“It’s good… It’s like a ‘Pulp Fiction’ type of movie… [It's based on] a true story, and it’s very funny… It’s a dark comedy.”

Thanks to Peter over at /Film, we now know what this passion project of Bay’s is all about – It’s based on a series of lengthy articles written by Pete Collins, published between December 23, 1999 and January, 2000 in the Miami New Times titled Pain & Gain.

Bay was reported to produce and direct this project way back in December of 2001 but the project was delayed indefinitely until now. The true story follows a gang of local Miami Beach bodybuilders “with a penchant for steroids, strippers, and quick cash” who got into kidnapping, torture and extortion.


As mentioned above, this piece provides a story for Bay to adapt to screen unlike anything he’s done before. It will act as a perfect test to see if Bay can present us with a pure character-driven piece. The project is currently untitled so we can expect a possible name change from the current “Pain & Gain.”

Chronicles of Narnia writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (who are writing The First Avenger: Captain America) will be writing the screenplay.

You can read the full article at Miami New Times.

What do you think of Bay’s pet project?

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen opens June 24, 2009.

Sources: /Film

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  1. Sounds like a character driven movie, or maybe he’ll just focus on the torture and the other crimes to keep the shock value high throughout the film. Because making character driven movies are not exactly his forte…

  2. True about Bay not being the best with character development.
    I say he should make the movie and see what happens.

    Will it be good or bad? We will find out and he will learn a lesson about his film making.

  3. I think the funniest part of this film is going to be that Bay made it. It’s probably going to be so bad that you will laugh. Lets face it his high budget action films are bad, but at least there are some really cool action scenes. It’s gonna be everything he is bad at and not one big of the one thing he can actually do.

  4. What type of control does Bay have over most people? Why can’t ANYONE come right out and SAY that Bay CAN’T do character development? No, instead you hear, “he isn’t very good at it,” or “he could use some improvement.” I guess people can’t admit that all he can do is SFX, because then if they unconditionally love his movies, they have to go into a rant of lies about what makes them so “completely great.” Bay is a SFX hack. There, I said it, so let’s move on to topics that concern REAL directors.

    (BOOM) happy now?

  5. Sounds like it’s going to have action and hot nekkid women in it. Sounds like a winner! :P

  6. i dont know about this, i still dont think Bay is capable of making a small movie especially after seeing the new footage from ROTF, but im willing to give the guy a chance