What Michael Bay's '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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