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Bay counts to Four?

06.26.2009

Now that he's done hammering our senses and IQs with the relentless robotic cacophony of TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, what's up next for Destructicon Michael Bay?

Sounds like he might be hanging with his buds at Dreamworks again for a project called I AM NUMBER FOUR. The studio grabbed rights to the upcoming series of sci-fi/action books, and Bay will produce and possibly direct the first. Steven Spielberg returns to exec produce and, presumably, attempt some form of restraint on the rambunctious director.

The story is "about a group of nine earthbound alien teens who escaped their planet just before it was destroyed by a hostile species. While the high school-aged kids assimilate, the title character discovers that he is being hunted by the enemy that blew up his planet." (Something tells me Bay might have only picked up on the words "destroyed," "blew up" and "planet.")

The books are supposedly done under a pseudonym of author James Frey, probably best known for the memoir "A Million Little Pieces" and for then getting lambasted by Oprah for daring to be a writer who makes stuff up.

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Extra Tidbit: Bay is likely already compiling a long list of hot young actresses to "audition" for the movie.
Source: Variety

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4:09PM on 06/29/2009
Considering James Frey's brutal, clipped, staccato prose that puts intensity at the forefront, this is actually a logical pairing.

That said, I seriously doubt Bay has any idea what this story is about, or indeed what a story is.
Considering James Frey's brutal, clipped, staccato prose that puts intensity at the forefront, this is actually a logical pairing.

That said, I seriously doubt Bay has any idea what this story is about, or indeed what a story is.
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8:20AM on 06/28/2009

Yawn

Sounds like Roswell High all over again, plus Bay's involvement.
Sounds like Roswell High all over again, plus Bay's involvement.
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8:19AM on 06/28/2009

Yawn

Sounds like Roswell High all over again, plus Bay's involvement.
Sounds like Roswell High all over again, plus Bay's involvement.
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8:05PM on 06/27/2009

@Hooligan

How long have you been a Schmoe?

You should know making personal attacks towards fellow Schmoes isn't exactly wise around here.

It's not like I was writing a thesis but...


... it is very (and sadly) ironic!
How long have you been a Schmoe?

You should know making personal attacks towards fellow Schmoes isn't exactly wise around here.

It's not like I was writing a thesis but...


... it is very (and sadly) ironic!
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6:55PM on 06/27/2009

Sounds cool

Bay is a rare director that can bring you big movies with great cinematography and action, so this new project should be right up his alley. Also I DO NOT understand where this hatred of Bay comes from.
Bay is a rare director that can bring you big movies with great cinematography and action, so this new project should be right up his alley. Also I DO NOT understand where this hatred of Bay comes from.
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6:14PM on 06/27/2009
I heard Micheal Bay asked the U.N. if he could blow up the earth for a scene. Unfourtently the U.N. said no.
I heard Micheal Bay asked the U.N. if he could blow up the earth for a scene. Unfourtently the U.N. said no.
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12:21PM on 06/27/2009

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@FireCaptain4

Few things are more ironic than spelling "intelligent" improperly, huh?

@FireCaptain4

Few things are more ironic than spelling "intelligent" improperly, huh?

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5:02AM on 06/27/2009

FireCaptain4

That's the thing, man, he's said in a couple of interviews that he wanted to something small next, I just forget where.

Also, if anything, if he's doing TF3, he's gonna want a 4th of July 2012 release so he can take a break.

Definitely agree with you on The Island, its first half has its fair share of intriguing sci-fi plot bits (yeah, dare I say it). Then he kicks it into Bay mode and I think it's still an enjoyable flick, didn't deserve to bomb the way it did.
That's the thing, man, he's said in a couple of interviews that he wanted to something small next, I just forget where.

Also, if anything, if he's doing TF3, he's gonna want a 4th of July 2012 release so he can take a break.

Definitely agree with you on The Island, its first half has its fair share of intriguing sci-fi plot bits (yeah, dare I say it). Then he kicks it into Bay mode and I think it's still an enjoyable flick, didn't deserve to bomb the way it did.
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12:48AM on 06/27/2009
I prefer John Woo when it comes to over the top action directors.
I prefer John Woo when it comes to over the top action directors.
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12:11AM on 06/27/2009
First, Bay DID suggest a few days ago he'd take a break, but c'mon, it's in his blood.

Second, what I initially thought of was the old "Roswell" TV show, but it's really a story that's been done more times than I'd like to remember.

Third, as pyrotechnic as Michael Bay is, I keep feeling like the jokes about him would better suit Roland Emmerich, who bases all his movies around big cataclysmic events, whereas Bay just prefers blowing things up as punctuation.
First, Bay DID suggest a few days ago he'd take a break, but c'mon, it's in his blood.

Second, what I initially thought of was the old "Roswell" TV show, but it's really a story that's been done more times than I'd like to remember.

Third, as pyrotechnic as Michael Bay is, I keep feeling like the jokes about him would better suit Roland Emmerich, who bases all his movies around big cataclysmic events, whereas Bay just prefers blowing things up as punctuation.
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11:51PM on 06/26/2009

Vincent,

has Michael Bay ever done anything small?!
has Michael Bay ever done anything small?!
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11:49PM on 06/26/2009

Kinda sounds like...

Escape to Witch Mountain, to Race to witch Mountain, or ... whatever, one of those many movies.

I just hope Bay stops with Transformers. I still really love "The Rock" and "The Island." In fact, I think "The Island" is somewhat intellegent (it has "themes" and a "story" and stuff).
Escape to Witch Mountain, to Race to witch Mountain, or ... whatever, one of those many movies.

I just hope Bay stops with Transformers. I still really love "The Rock" and "The Island." In fact, I think "The Island" is somewhat intellegent (it has "themes" and a "story" and stuff).
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10:07PM on 06/26/2009
Dammit and I thought this was gonna be a ridiculously infamous piece of news on how Bay makes an announcement on signing on for 2 more Transformers sequels.

At any rate, I hope he stays for TF3. This sci-fi endeavour sounds pretty big, what ever happened to taking a break from TF to do "a small, personal movie"?
Dammit and I thought this was gonna be a ridiculously infamous piece of news on how Bay makes an announcement on signing on for 2 more Transformers sequels.

At any rate, I hope he stays for TF3. This sci-fi endeavour sounds pretty big, what ever happened to taking a break from TF to do "a small, personal movie"?
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9:20PM on 06/26/2009
So glad Spielberg is sticking with Bay. Really good move. Not losing any lasting credibility there...
So glad Spielberg is sticking with Bay. Really good move. Not losing any lasting credibility there...
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