Michael Bay’s most recent film – a little known independent project called Transformers: Dark of the Moon – had the biggest opening day box office all year (on a Tuesday, no less) and is well on its way to a massive opening weekend, too.
Now the question is: What’s next for Michael Bay? After six years of eating, breathing, and directing Transformers films, what’s to be the tenth entry in Bay’s burgeoning filmography? According to the man himself, it’s Pain & Gain, a dark comedy in the vein of Pulp Fiction that he originally planned to work on before returning for Transformers 3.
Courtesy of MTV Movies Blog, Pain & Gain will utilize Bay’s smallest budget to date – in the neighborhood of $20 million. That’s basically pennies compared to what this man is used to. Furthermore, the tight budgeted dark comedy will depict a true story about extortion and abductions in the criminal underworld of Florida. And just in case you were wondering, no, the film will not be shot in 3D, despite Bay’s newfound love of the technology.
But didn’t Michael Bay already make his Pulp Fiction back in 1996? Or at least his own version of a Quentin Tarantino film? And it was called The Rock?
- Exhibit A: Tarantino was an uncredited screenwriter on The Rock.
- Exhibit B: The Rock contains philosophical discussions – rife with snappy dialogue intended to be humorous – on mundane matters like the benefit of owning records over CDs.
- Exhibit C: The Mexican standoffs in Reservoir Dogs and The Rock:
- Exhibit D: The stabbing a person in the chest with a needle full of adrenaline to save his/her life trick in Pulp Fiction and The Rock:
Then again, Quentin Tarantino already “borrowed” the standoff from City on Fire, so turnabout’s fair play and all that.
Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see what Michael Bay does without a budget well over $100 million, let alone one around $20 million. Hopefully, he’ll move even further away from his comfort zone too, as it would be extremely interesting to see a Bay film that looks, sounds, and feels almost nothing like every other Bay film we’ve ever seen.
Bay also talked about other future projects, including a possible Bad Boys 3 with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, a project Jerry Bruckheimer felt pretty confident about as of last year and one that Martin Lawrence revealed to already have had meetings about with Michael Bay:
“We talk about it. It’s hard to get our schedules together but it’s great working with those guys.”
Would you rather watch Michael Bay on a budget with Pain and Gain or Bad Boys 3? Sound off in the comments.
Transformers: The Dark of the Moon, starring Shia LaBeouf, is currently in theaters in a really big way.
Source: MTV Movies Blog
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