The best story of the day isn’t the new Wes Anderson trailer; it’s that the mean streets of Hong Kong turned into an actual battleground for a few minutes as Michael Bay and the Transformers: Age of Extinction crew tried to shoot scenes for the film. Stories were originally sketchy, but at least one man, perhaps angered at the production’s impact on his business, went at a couple of crew members, and eventually attacked Michael Bay. With an air conditioner as a weapon.
Now Paramount has clarified the story, and the truth is even weirder and better than the original story, which involved extortion and simple intimidation, but not an air conditioner used as a weapon as in an arcade beat-em-up game from 1989. Read the statement below. Read More »
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This sounds familiar — Michael Bay is developing a new story idea, acting as producer, with the possibility of directing depending on how things shake out.
That’s the deal with UbiSoft’s Ghost Recon, and now for a project called Sabotage. Paramount just bought the pitch by Neal Bascomb based on his book proposal that tells the WWII story of an Allied effort to stifle Hitler’s nuclear ambitions. In short, multiple raids were carried out against a plant in Norway designed to produce “heavy water,” which would be a precursor to nuclear weaponry.
The full book title is Sabotage: A Genius Scientist, His Band of Young Commandos, and the Mission to Kill Hitler’s Super Bomb, and the book and potential film are envisioned as “gripping WWII action-thrillers.” Read More »
Briefly: Michael Bay has been part of quite a few horror films, thanks to his controlling interest in Platinum Dunes, and there are those who would say that he’s already directed a few horror movies, thanks to some of the response to, say, the Transformers movies.
Bay’s most recent forays into horror were The Purge, which he produced with Jason Blum, and the upcoming Almanac, which is a found-footage project. And it sounds like the experience might push Bay’s interest towards directing his own small horror. THR recently named Bay a “master of horror” (which is weird, but whatever) and the director said, “I have a great fantasy — that I will probably make a reality — of directing my own self-financed horror movie.”
It’s not difficult to imagine Bay going down a path where he makes a big movie, then a smaller Pain & Gain type film, then another big one. And for those smaller in-between movies, I’d really like to see what he could do with horror as a director, especially on a relatively small budget.
Posted on Friday, October 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s way, way too early to guess what the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them might look like, but it’s never too soon to fantasize with producer David Heyman. Also after the jump:
- Sandra Bullock isn’t interested in The Heat 2
- New Fast & Furious 7 pic shows lots of cars, extras
- Night at the Museum 3 will shoot in London and Vancouver
- Futurama returns again, this time in The Simpsons
- Is Mad Max: Fury Road actually awesome?
- See more pics of Michael Bay hard at work on T4
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Director Michael Bay has posted the first official cast photo from Transformers 4: The Age Of Extinction featuring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor. Wahlberg stars in the film as a mechanic named Cade who makes a discovery that attracts the attention of Autobots, Decepticons and a paranoid government official. Peltz plays Wahlberg’s teenage daughter Tessa, and we can only assume that Reynor plays Tessa’s boyfriend or love interest. Check out the full photo, after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, September 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
After gazing thoughtfully into the distance in the first official image from Transformers: Age of Extinction, director Michael Bay is getting down to work in the latest pic from the set. This being Bay, though, a day at the office still looks pretty damn exciting. Check out the image after the jump.
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Among the many films that game publisher UbiSoft has developed from its own internal properties is Ghost Recon, based on concepts from Tom Clancy novels. The games feature an elite, ultra-high tech US military force. The film rights are at Warner Bros., with Michael Bay developing and producing. And now the Y: The Last Man and Human Target writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia have been hired to knock the concept of the military unit into shape for a film. Read More »
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Filmmakers regularly say it’s impossible to get a medium sized movie made in Hollywood. They believe studios would much rather make a $250 million movie than five $50 million movies and that might be the case. Paramount, however, is having a blast making much cheaper movies. In addition to the Paranormal Activity franchise, they’re currently in post production on Almanac, produced by Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and directed by Dean Israelite. That’s a $13 million found footage movie that follows a group of teenager who mess up their lives with time travel. It’s out in February.
Paramount and Platinum Dunes must like what they’re seeing from that film because they just bought the next pitch from Almanac‘s writers Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark. It’s called Raindrop and it’s another high-concept, found footage film with a small budget. Read More »