Following the release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in 2009 Michael Bay said he wanted a break from fighting robots and planned on making a small budget “Pulp Fiction-type of movie” that was based on a true story.
We didn’t get to hear much about the project though as Paramount set a 2011 release date for Transformers 3, and despite Bay’s plea for a 2012 release instead, Paramount twisted his arm and he started work on Dark of the Moon. Now Bay is robot-free he can return to his “dark comedy”, and he recently confirmed he’ll be making it next.
“I’m still going to do it,” Bay told us at the Moscow premiere of “Transformers.” “I’m going to do it next.”
Bay said that the size and scope of this next project is still fairly small — in the neighborhood of a $20 million budget, he says — and that there will be no 3-D component to the film, despite his recent immersion in the filmmaking technique with “Dark of the Moon.”
The movie currently has the title Pain & Gain and focuses on extortion and abductions in the Florida criminal underworld. I’m sure this will be a breath of fresh air for Bay having worked more than 5 years solidly on the Transformers movies. It’ll also give him the chance to focus more on an actual story, instead of destroying cities and coaxing his leading ladies to sprawl themselves over different modes of transport.
Bay also said he has talked about making Bad Boys 3 with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, but “it’s hard to get our schedules together”, so it might not happen for a few years.