What's in store for Michael Bay and "Transformers 4"? Well, the filmmaker did try to unsuccessfully escape from the franchise several times -- he tried to make "Pain And Gain," the movie he already wrapped this summer, in between his "Transformers" films, ala Nolan and his "Batman" movies -- but that never panned out.
They say death and taxes are the only two things are certain in life, but it seems you can toss "Transformers" movies into the mix. Quality of the movies aside, the series has been a financial juggernaut, bringing in over $2.6 billion worldwide at the box office and that's not even counting the various marketing tie-ins and god knows what else that have boosted the bottom line. And it's not a big shock that Paramount want to keep the good times rolling transforming. They already bagged Michael Bay to return -- again -- to make explosions and it seems they're already planning for a future beyond.
It's lesser known that, when not filling his daily machismo quotient filming “Pain and Gain” with Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg, Michael Bay prefers to return to his quiet seaside villa, put on his best Robert Evans hat, and produce. If you've sat through any horror remake credits of the past few years, you'll see Bay's had success at it too, but now he's looking to conquer premium cable with a new swashbuckling series in the works.
Paramount president Adam Goodman: the interview that keeps on giving. The Hollywood Reporter spoke to the Paramount chief in the May 4th issue of their magazine, and the good man revealed something you're likely already aware of: Shia LaBeouf is not coming back to Micheal Bay's "Transformers" franchise and whatever "Transformers 4" will turn into (a sorta-reboot, a sequel, prequel, Tyrese franchise, whatever).
With Michael Bay and Jonathan Liebesman's plans to reboot the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" as aliens or something causing an absurd amount of shaking-and-crying among folks who should have better things to worry about, the rumor mill continues to churn, and the latest development is that rapper/actor Kid Cudi might have a role in the film.
Michael Bay is all about T&A up and coming talent, isn't he? The helmer is continuing the trend, plucking little known Spanish-Dutch actress/model Yolanthe Cabau out of obscurity for his upcoming dark comedy-thriller "Pain And Gain."
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"-gate 2012 has literally knocked a nation and generation of TMNT fans -- who grew up with the unassailable classic 1990 film "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and the also the nearly unimpeachable 2007 film, "TMNT" -- for a loop when the shocking revelation was made that the new live-action movie adaptation of 'TMNT,' produced by Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes shingle, would no longer feature once-ordinary turtles living in the sewers who mutated into intelligent, human-sized creatures by a discarded canister of toxic waste.
Hell hath no fury like a fanbase scorned. From Bryan Singer's "X-Men" abandoning their traditional yellow spandex to Jennifer Lawrence being too blonde and pale to play Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games," internet fandom is not one to lay down silently when a filmmaker tinkers with iconic elements of their beloved franchises. Most recent to attract the ire of a group of fans was Michael Bay, who gave an interview over the weekend where he said that his upcoming live-action/CGI reboot of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" would reimagine the reptilian heroes as members of an alien race.
The origins of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" have never been terribly complex. Tiny reptiles splashed with a mutagenic ooze, living in the sewers, learning karate, eating pizza. Makes sense, right? Okay, it doesn't, but whatever -- fans have been going with it since the characters' first appearance twenty eight years ago. Now that Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes are producing a new live-action movie adaptation, they've decided that origin wasn't working for them, so they're taken a page from the "Highlander II" playbook: the Ninja Turtles will now be aliens.
Somebody unleashed a beast in Irish comedian Chris O'Dowd. The "Bridesmaids" funnyman, who shares the screen with "Transformers" star Megan Fox in both "Friends With Kids" and the upcoming "This Is Forty", isn't interested in playing politics. When asked about Bay and Fox's spat that led her to exit the multi-billion-dollar franchise, he selected his words in much the same way Bay directs his movies.