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Michael Bay to produce and possibly direct WWII thriller Sabotage for Paramount

Oct. 11, 2013by:

Seems like Michael Bay hasn't lost any steam after spending the last 7 or so years working on TRANSFORMERS and is ready to tackle something besides autonomous robotic organisms. With the recent success of his "small" film, PAIN AND GAIN, Bay may well be reinvigorated as he's discussed tackling a self-financed horror film and is now onboard to produce and potentially direct Neal Bascomb's WWII nonfiction pitch, SABOTAGE (not to be confused with David Ayer's film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger). Bascomb has written numerous historical novels, including "Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi" and "The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi" So, if you're into Nazi hunting, then Bascomb is your guy.

Here's the synopsis of the pitch:

 

Set in 1942, the story follows a brilliant scientist who flees the Gestapo to inform the Allies that the Nazis are secretly developing a nuclear program at an industrial fortress called Vermork deep in the mountainous expanse of Norway’s Telemark region. Knowing that Hitler gaining nuclear capabilities would be unthinkably catastrophic, the Allies assemble a fearless team of nine Norwegian refugee commandos to infiltrate the Nazi-occupied country.  In an apparent suicide mission, this team must brave the arctic landscape and pull off an impossibly daring assault on Vermork, which sits perched on impenetrable, icy cliffs. With little more than parachutes, skis, tommy guns, and explosives, the team is the Allies’ only hope to halt Hitler’s nuclear ambitions, and their adventure is one of WWII most thrilling, action-packed tales.

 

Sounds like some ICE STATION ZEBRA shit, no? I like this. I like that Bay is moving out of the robot business, be it for the horror or action genre. I'm a fan of his work and would very much like to see more films like THE ROCK and BAD BOYS 1 & 2 than more of the toy-to-screen franchises.

Bay's TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION blows up theaters on June 27, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: What type of films would you like to see Bay do outside of the Transformers franchise?
Source: The Wrap

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9:27PM on 10/11/2013
Well, if you remember Pearl Harbour, I'm not quite sure Bay should be directing a historical movie again.
Well, if you remember Pearl Harbour, I'm not quite sure Bay should be directing a historical movie again.
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9:56PM on 10/11/2013
But he did make a hell of action scenes from Pearl Harbour though.
But he did make a hell of action scenes from Pearl Harbour though.
3:58PM on 10/11/2013
Sounds like a modern-day The Guns of Navarone. Extra tidbit: Video game - a proper video full length action video game.
Sounds like a modern-day The Guns of Navarone. Extra tidbit: Video game - a proper video full length action video game.
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3:53PM on 10/11/2013
Since Bay is directing it, it will be a WWII movie with no heart...Stick to your normal shit Bay and just continue making that shit.
Since Bay is directing it, it will be a WWII movie with no heart...Stick to your normal shit Bay and just continue making that shit.
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3:00PM on 10/11/2013
So can we expect eyeball melting shininess and ultra-hip one note characters?

Michael Bay represents everything wrong with Hollywood.
So can we expect eyeball melting shininess and ultra-hip one note characters?

Michael Bay represents everything wrong with Hollywood.
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1:59PM on 10/11/2013
If he can assemble a great cast of actors like he did with The Rock, then this might be a kickass movie. But from what I hear, Sean Connery was the guy always forcing Bay to think about things like character motivation. Connery really didn't like the way Bay directed, and fought & challenged Bay on nearly every decision. This might be why The Rock stands so far apart from Bay's other films.
If he can assemble a great cast of actors like he did with The Rock, then this might be a kickass movie. But from what I hear, Sean Connery was the guy always forcing Bay to think about things like character motivation. Connery really didn't like the way Bay directed, and fought & challenged Bay on nearly every decision. This might be why The Rock stands so far apart from Bay's other films.
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1:59PM on 10/11/2013

Awesome!

This is great news. This movie has the potential to be as impressive as Bay's last World War 2 film, the Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett starring masterpiece Pearl Harbor. I remember seeing that movie in theaters and thinking . . .

Wait. That sucked!
This is great news. This movie has the potential to be as impressive as Bay's last World War 2 film, the Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett starring masterpiece Pearl Harbor. I remember seeing that movie in theaters and thinking . . .

Wait. That sucked!
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1:54PM on 10/11/2013
It would be good if Michael Bay will now go through a new phase of smaller, more personal (and hopefully smarter) films.

But yeah, I'd actually also love to see Bad Boys III happen. The first two (especially the 2nd one) are guilty pleasures.
It would be good if Michael Bay will now go through a new phase of smaller, more personal (and hopefully smarter) films.

But yeah, I'd actually also love to see Bad Boys III happen. The first two (especially the 2nd one) are guilty pleasures.
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1:41PM on 10/11/2013
How much more do we have to wait for Bad Boys 3? Will and Martin are going to be too old for the movie.
How much more do we have to wait for Bad Boys 3? Will and Martin are going to be too old for the movie.
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1:53PM on 10/11/2013
Why do we need Bad Boys 3? Because the first two were so great?
Why do we need Bad Boys 3? Because the first two were so great?
2:23PM on 10/11/2013
Exactly for that we need a sequel. The BB and BB2 were so fun. Hoping the 3rd one is going to be as good as the other 2. Maybe we also need sequels to Tango and Cash, Hot Fuzz, Last Boyscout. Fuck, I'm old!
Exactly for that we need a sequel. The BB and BB2 were so fun. Hoping the 3rd one is going to be as good as the other 2. Maybe we also need sequels to Tango and Cash, Hot Fuzz, Last Boyscout. Fuck, I'm old!
1:30PM on 10/11/2013

I'm with you!

I love old school michael bay, The Rock and Bad Boys are 2 of my all time favorites, and these sound like cool projects, but i gotta root for another buddy action comedy
I love old school michael bay, The Rock and Bad Boys are 2 of my all time favorites, and these sound like cool projects, but i gotta root for another buddy action comedy
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1:06PM on 10/11/2013
He's done enough big special effects spectacles. He should take a break and direct both this and the horror film. Maybe they will be good, maybe not, but I'd be interested to see what he can do with more smaller scale productions.
He's done enough big special effects spectacles. He should take a break and direct both this and the horror film. Maybe they will be good, maybe not, but I'd be interested to see what he can do with more smaller scale productions.
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12:58PM on 10/11/2013

Hell yeah!

I love me some Michael Bay.
I love me some Michael Bay.
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