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Michael Bay signs a two-picture deal to direct Pain and Gain and Transformers 4

Feb. 14, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

Michael Bay loves dem explosionsJust yesterday Paramount announced that TRANSFORMERS 4: EXTRA LONG SUBTITLE would be in theaters by the summer of 2014, and today it has been revealed that Michael Bay is definitely back for to direct. I don't know, either the 1) the guy is actually having a year's worth of suits made out of money, or 2) it was part of a deal with the studio to be able to do a smaller movie that he personally really wants to do. Of course he couldn't go the George Lucas route and use his own money if he cares so much. Not at all.

So first up Bay will shoot PAIN AND GAIN, his based-on-a-true-story tale about body builders who kidnap, extort and murder on the side.  Production begins in Miami this April with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, and all three will be deferring their normal compensation so as to keep the movie's budget at "the sure-thing $25 million budget level." 

And then it's big-ass-robots time! Bay will be meeting soon with producer Steven Spilberg to flesh out the new movie's story, one that is hoped ”will bring audiences a new take on the TRANSFORMERS franchise."  Yep, TRANSFORMERS 4: MONEYBOTS VERSUS MONEYCONS will effectively be a reboot of the franchise and you can see it in theaters June 29th, 2014.  Now if you're wondering why Paramount couldn't just wit a day to announce all of this news at once, it turns out that producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura shot off his mouth a day early at a toy fair and revealed on tape that TRANSFORMERS 4 would be happening with Bay's involvement.  The studio is reportedly furious, and Bay "went crazy on him as well."  So yeah.  Fun times in Hollywoodland.  Movie's still happening though, don't worry.

Michael Bay directing Dark of the Moon

Extra Tidbit: Think they'll take inspiration from MYSTERIOUS ISLAND and G.I. JOE and bring on The Rock?
Source: Deadline

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4:37AM on 02/17/2012
i do like the Transformers movies but Bay still owes us a Bad Boys 3
i do like the Transformers movies but Bay still owes us a Bad Boys 3
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1:07PM on 02/16/2012

gotta say

I thnk pain and gain will be good bc he does the buddy movie thing really well, with Bad Boys, so I thnk that can work and I actually prefer the Rock and Wahlberg as not so serious, they have great sense of humor, so could be fun. With TF4, just bring the action like he always does!!
I thnk pain and gain will be good bc he does the buddy movie thing really well, with Bad Boys, so I thnk that can work and I actually prefer the Rock and Wahlberg as not so serious, they have great sense of humor, so could be fun. With TF4, just bring the action like he always does!!
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5:39AM on 02/15/2012

STFU already!!

all you dickheads going on about how this is a cash grab and how its going to suck and how you're not going to watch it can kindly shut the fuck up! you're ALL gonna watch it. including you, alejandro stepenberg. this pseudo intellectual talk of how there needs to be a better story line with a deeper thought and a true reflection of life is so lame! its a fucking transformers movie!! its about a bunch of alien robots from the planet of cybertron who come to earth and transform...umm...i dont
all you dickheads going on about how this is a cash grab and how its going to suck and how you're not going to watch it can kindly shut the fuck up! you're ALL gonna watch it. including you, alejandro stepenberg. this pseudo intellectual talk of how there needs to be a better story line with a deeper thought and a true reflection of life is so lame! its a fucking transformers movie!! its about a bunch of alien robots from the planet of cybertron who come to earth and transform...umm...i dont think there SHOULD be depth in it. its huge ass robots kicking other huge ass robots. im fine with that. throw in a hot skanky bitch and im there...popcorn and everything! jeez!!! im amped for these two films...i thoroughly enjoyed the trilogy...mainly because i wasnt looking for intellectual stimulation. please realize that the guys who're making it - including bay - have bazillions of dollars at their disposal...they could hire the best writers if they wanted to. but looking at how the previous 3 movies did...money wise...i think they know what theyre doing.
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5:39AM on 02/15/2012

STFU already!!

all you dickheads going on about how this is a cash grab and how its going to suck and how you're not going to watch it can kindly shut the fuck up! you're ALL gonna watch it. including you, alejandro stepenberg. this pseudo intellectual talk of how there needs to be a better story line with a deeper thought and a true reflection of life is so lame! its a fucking transformers movie!! its about a bunch of alien robots from the planet of cybertron who come to earth and transform...umm...i dont
all you dickheads going on about how this is a cash grab and how its going to suck and how you're not going to watch it can kindly shut the fuck up! you're ALL gonna watch it. including you, alejandro stepenberg. this pseudo intellectual talk of how there needs to be a better story line with a deeper thought and a true reflection of life is so lame! its a fucking transformers movie!! its about a bunch of alien robots from the planet of cybertron who come to earth and transform...umm...i dont think there SHOULD be depth in it. its huge ass robots kicking other huge ass robots. im fine with that. throw in a hot skanky bitch and im there...popcorn and everything! jeez!!! im amped for these two films...i thoroughly enjoyed the trilogy...mainly because i wasnt looking for intellectual stimulation. please realize that the guys who're making it - including bay - have bazillions of dollars at their disposal...they could hire the best writers if they wanted to. but looking at how the previous 3 movies did...money wise...i think they know what theyre doing.
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7:46PM on 02/14/2012
I'd still rather have a Bad Boys three or Beverly Hills Cop four directed by Bay, but I liked the Transformers film. I'm down.
I'd still rather have a Bad Boys three or Beverly Hills Cop four directed by Bay, but I liked the Transformers film. I'm down.
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5:45PM on 02/14/2012
The most exciting thing about Pain And Gain for me is that Wahlberg and Rock will need to get SWOLE for the roll. No, Rock doesn't look like a bodybuilder anymore, but Im sure three solid months in the gym and some Thor like "assistance" will help both of them get pretty big...... And then they can go off and hopefully do some kick ass action films....
The most exciting thing about Pain And Gain for me is that Wahlberg and Rock will need to get SWOLE for the roll. No, Rock doesn't look like a bodybuilder anymore, but Im sure three solid months in the gym and some Thor like "assistance" will help both of them get pretty big...... And then they can go off and hopefully do some kick ass action films....
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7:03PM on 02/14/2012
Have you totally missed Fast Five? Rock was as SWOLE as he's ever been.
Have you totally missed Fast Five? Rock was as SWOLE as he's ever been.
3:55PM on 02/14/2012
Ok listen up haters like it or not Michael Bay is a master class action filmmaker, period. What he did with the Transformers franchise is not easy, and those films look like such headaches to film. I don't get the bitching, it's more transformer awesomeness. That other film sounds weird bodybuilders kidnapping but ok gonna wait for the trailer. It sucks that he's using Marky Mark who is so overrated and who's films perform mediocre at best but who knows maybe it will be his comeback film.
Ok listen up haters like it or not Michael Bay is a master class action filmmaker, period. What he did with the Transformers franchise is not easy, and those films look like such headaches to film. I don't get the bitching, it's more transformer awesomeness. That other film sounds weird bodybuilders kidnapping but ok gonna wait for the trailer. It sucks that he's using Marky Mark who is so overrated and who's films perform mediocre at best but who knows maybe it will be his comeback film. Regardless, Mr. Bay you are awesome, bring the action and when you are finished with these 2 films, please call Will Smith along with Martin Lawrence and get your asses down to Miami so we can get just one more Bad Boys. Pleeeeaasssee.
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3:51AM on 02/15/2012
*YAWN*... Oh, um you said something?
*YAWN*... Oh, um you said something?
3:54PM on 02/14/2012
We've seen what you can do w/ Transformers, Mr.Bay. Now bring us the GO-BOTS!!!!
We've seen what you can do w/ Transformers, Mr.Bay. Now bring us the GO-BOTS!!!!
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3:47PM on 02/14/2012
Niche directors like Michael Bay should step out of their comfort zone more often. I would love to see a small crime flick by Bay. It should be interesting to see how different it will (or not) be from his usual work.
Next, Terence Malick should do an action movie.
Though he'd probably find some way to turn it into a period drama along the way.
Niche directors like Michael Bay should step out of their comfort zone more often. I would love to see a small crime flick by Bay. It should be interesting to see how different it will (or not) be from his usual work.
Next, Terence Malick should do an action movie.
Though he'd probably find some way to turn it into a period drama along the way.
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2:25PM on 02/14/2012

I went to see Transformers 3 with a

fan of the series because I don't like Transformers and I wanted someone along who loved the series and get his opinion. But when he started getting MST3K on it after 15 minutes, I realized that yes, it was a piece of shit.
fan of the series because I don't like Transformers and I wanted someone along who loved the series and get his opinion. But when he started getting MST3K on it after 15 minutes, I realized that yes, it was a piece of shit.
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7:04PM on 02/14/2012
what the hell did I just try to read?
what the hell did I just try to read?
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1:46PM on 02/14/2012
"...to flesh out the new movie's story..." If that isn't the overstatement of the century, nothing is.
"...to flesh out the new movie's story..." If that isn't the overstatement of the century, nothing is.
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1:24PM on 02/14/2012

Why Bad Boys 3?

Why do people want Bad Boys 3?? The 2nd one was fucking awful and completely overdone, plus the runtime was insanely long, and the entire ending was SO FUCKING STUPID. Bay's first few films were his best, then he turned into an overdone mess of a director. Bad Boys, and The Rock are still his best work today, yet he continues to make utter shit. TF4??!! Really? Great, here we go, more Twilight for Male Audience cinema!

I will say though if he keeps Pain and Gain more simple, and not so
Why do people want Bad Boys 3?? The 2nd one was fucking awful and completely overdone, plus the runtime was insanely long, and the entire ending was SO FUCKING STUPID. Bay's first few films were his best, then he turned into an overdone mess of a director. Bad Boys, and The Rock are still his best work today, yet he continues to make utter shit. TF4??!! Really? Great, here we go, more Twilight for Male Audience cinema!

I will say though if he keeps Pain and Gain more simple, and not so insanely high budget, then I'm interested.
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3:55AM on 02/15/2012
Fucking FINALLY! Someone who agrees with me on that shit-fest known as BadBoys II! thumbs up from me.
Fucking FINALLY! Someone who agrees with me on that shit-fest known as BadBoys II! thumbs up from me.
12:20PM on 02/14/2012
Anybody noticed Wahlberg's been in a bunch of mid-budget movies lately? The Fighter cost $25MM, Max Payne was only $35MM, Contraband was only $25MM, We Own the Night was only $21MM, etc. Is he doing this because he isn't as bankable as he once was or is he doing it because he makes so much money as a producer off the back end that he no longer cares about his upfront salary and can make passion projects on the cheap?
Anybody noticed Wahlberg's been in a bunch of mid-budget movies lately? The Fighter cost $25MM, Max Payne was only $35MM, Contraband was only $25MM, We Own the Night was only $21MM, etc. Is he doing this because he isn't as bankable as he once was or is he doing it because he makes so much money as a producer off the back end that he no longer cares about his upfront salary and can make passion projects on the cheap?
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2:49PM on 02/14/2012
Good point. I agree that Wahlberg isn't the bankable star, and I bet he has a backend deal on some of those movies. The lower the budget, the greater the chances of turning a profit and thus increasing your paycheck. The Fighter alone has earned $95 domestic, it's not breaking records, though $70 mill profit ain't too shabby, eh?
Good point. I agree that Wahlberg isn't the bankable star, and I bet he has a backend deal on some of those movies. The lower the budget, the greater the chances of turning a profit and thus increasing your paycheck. The Fighter alone has earned $95 domestic, it's not breaking records, though $70 mill profit ain't too shabby, eh?
4:25PM on 02/14/2012
With the financial state we are in Hollywood is trying to cut down on their budgets. Sure we'll still get the huge blockbusters that have insane budgets but the small films they are cutting the price down. And one way is by paying actors waaaay less than they normally do. Especially ones that dont have huge star power any more (not saying Marky Mark isn't bankable hes just not a top dog). Thats also why so many former top actors like Ray Liotta and Cuba Gooding are doing so many direct to video
With the financial state we are in Hollywood is trying to cut down on their budgets. Sure we'll still get the huge blockbusters that have insane budgets but the small films they are cutting the price down. And one way is by paying actors waaaay less than they normally do. Especially ones that dont have huge star power any more (not saying Marky Mark isn't bankable hes just not a top dog). Thats also why so many former top actors like Ray Liotta and Cuba Gooding are doing so many direct to video stuff. They're not making their $2 million a movie like they re used to
5:33PM on 02/16/2012
it's probably because he's just not a greedy asshole like the majority of the A-list stars out there, good on him.
it's probably because he's just not a greedy asshole like the majority of the A-list stars out there, good on him.
12:15PM on 02/14/2012
Pain and Gain sounds like it might be worth a watch. Wahlberg and The Rock is a pretty solid duo.
Pain and Gain sounds like it might be worth a watch. Wahlberg and The Rock is a pretty solid duo.
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12:13PM on 02/14/2012

So...

Wahlberg is signed to "Pain and Gain"?
Great. I'm actually really curious what a small Michael Bay movie looks like. And with those actors it ought to be interesting.
Wahlberg is signed to "Pain and Gain"?
Great. I'm actually really curious what a small Michael Bay movie looks like. And with those actors it ought to be interesting.
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12:11PM on 02/14/2012
I've enjoyed all the transformers films but thought the 3rd was the weakest.
With a 4th film they need to suck it up and bring in UNICRON for crying out loud. This will give them an excuse to leave the humans and head into space.
The other film sounds pretty good too!
I've enjoyed all the transformers films but thought the 3rd was the weakest.
With a 4th film they need to suck it up and bring in UNICRON for crying out loud. This will give them an excuse to leave the humans and head into space.
The other film sounds pretty good too!
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12:03PM on 02/14/2012
The good thing: With a $25 mil budget for Pain and Gain, it looks like we may get another R rated Michael Bay, (The Rock and Bad Boys are his best movies, IMO). And one with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson.

The bad news: We get TF4. Let's be honest here: with a concept of tranforming cars based on a kids' toy from the 80's, we were lucky to get one good movie. So don't act suprised or baffled that 2 and 3 sucked.
The good thing: With a $25 mil budget for Pain and Gain, it looks like we may get another R rated Michael Bay, (The Rock and Bad Boys are his best movies, IMO). And one with Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson.

The bad news: We get TF4. Let's be honest here: with a concept of tranforming cars based on a kids' toy from the 80's, we were lucky to get one good movie. So don't act suprised or baffled that 2 and 3 sucked.
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12:00PM on 02/14/2012
Nicolas Cage. That's the only actor I want to see in this movie.
Nicolas Cage. That's the only actor I want to see in this movie.
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11:32AM on 02/14/2012
I'm not suprised. This was going to happen sooner or later its not like its top-secret.
Better this than BadBoys.
I'm not suprised. This was going to happen sooner or later its not like its top-secret.
Better this than BadBoys.
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10:18AM on 02/14/2012

wait

wasn't bay going on about how he was only doing the 3 and that its a trilogy and thats it?
wasn't bay going on about how he was only doing the 3 and that its a trilogy and thats it?
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11:24AM on 02/14/2012
I think he took a peek at his bank balance and thought "Oh, so that's why I make these movies! Mwa-ha-ha!!"
I think he took a peek at his bank balance and thought "Oh, so that's why I make these movies! Mwa-ha-ha!!"
1:58PM on 02/14/2012
Oh i know his motivation which only makes him more of a douche, if its possible.
Oh i know his motivation which only makes him more of a douche, if its possible.
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9:21AM on 02/14/2012
TF4 this is a bad idea and cock blocks bad boys 3. just make bad boys 3 for us please
TF4 this is a bad idea and cock blocks bad boys 3. just make bad boys 3 for us please
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9:15AM on 02/14/2012

So, no Bad Boys 3

sigh.
sigh.
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9:22AM on 02/14/2012
agreed
agreed
8:51AM on 02/14/2012
Man that must have been a sweet paycheck.
Man that must have been a sweet paycheck.
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8:35AM on 02/14/2012

Well...

There goes any interest I had in seeing a new Transformers movie.
There goes any interest I had in seeing a new Transformers movie.
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8:26AM on 02/14/2012
A reboot is what this franchise really needs, but with Bay directing do you really think we'll get one? Anything short of a complete redesign of the robots, the decision to give them actual personalities and to ditch the over-reliance on numerous human characters will amount to the same tired crap the last three films have given us. So far we've had a money-making exercise with impressive special effects and not much more. If Bay gives us anything different for number 4 I'll be pleasantly
A reboot is what this franchise really needs, but with Bay directing do you really think we'll get one? Anything short of a complete redesign of the robots, the decision to give them actual personalities and to ditch the over-reliance on numerous human characters will amount to the same tired crap the last three films have given us. So far we've had a money-making exercise with impressive special effects and not much more. If Bay gives us anything different for number 4 I'll be pleasantly surprised.
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8:17AM on 02/14/2012
The First TF film was OK, but the 2nd and 3rd were truly awful. They all make a billion + so there was no way there wouldn't be a fourth one. That said, I don't know anyone that was hoping there would be or that would care if there weren't. It's kind of amazing that you can spend 300 million dollars per film on a beloved property and each film can gross a billion dollars worldwide and yet the general public is largely indifferent to their existence. They had no impact whatsoever.
The First TF film was OK, but the 2nd and 3rd were truly awful. They all make a billion + so there was no way there wouldn't be a fourth one. That said, I don't know anyone that was hoping there would be or that would care if there weren't. It's kind of amazing that you can spend 300 million dollars per film on a beloved property and each film can gross a billion dollars worldwide and yet the general public is largely indifferent to their existence. They had no impact whatsoever.
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1:26PM on 02/14/2012
you need to watch the first one again, because the Autobots don't even show up until like over an hour into the film. The first one is bad as well. Just not as overdone as the others.
you need to watch the first one again, because the Autobots don't even show up until like over an hour into the film. The first one is bad as well. Just not as overdone as the others.
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7:46AM on 02/14/2012
I thing it's funny how whenever people believe that a movie is being made just for money people automatically trash it. I agree, the last two Transformers sucked massive panda dick, but making movies is a business, and no amount of bitching on the internet will change that. Sorry about your toys. The original Transformers toys sucked anyway, once a piece broke off no amount of glue would be able to fix it. Let's check out this fresh take.
I thing it's funny how whenever people believe that a movie is being made just for money people automatically trash it. I agree, the last two Transformers sucked massive panda dick, but making movies is a business, and no amount of bitching on the internet will change that. Sorry about your toys. The original Transformers toys sucked anyway, once a piece broke off no amount of glue would be able to fix it. Let's check out this fresh take.
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7:17AM on 02/14/2012
Well, I've got to hand it to Bay one thing: he knows how to make action movies.
Well, I've got to hand it to Bay one thing: he knows how to make action movies.
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