Michael Bay May Direct Underwater Adventure Project for Paramount

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When Michael Bay stated his intention to step away from the Transformers franchise after the third installment, many were interested to see what filmmaker would tackle next.  After helming his smaller scale passion project Pain & Gain, however, the director did an about-face and decided he would return to the Transformers world one more time in order to set up a sort of franchise reboot.  The result is the Mark Wahlberg-fronted Transformers: Age of Extinction, and with the film slated to open in theaters this summer, attention now turns to Bay’s next film—that is unless he just decides to keep making Transformers movies forever.

Paramount Pictures has now picked up an untitled adventure pitch for Bay to produce, but the project is also being developed as potential directing vehicle for the filmmaker, making this a contender for Bay’s post-Transformers project.  Hit the jump for more.

michael-bay-underwater-adventure-moviePer Heat Vision, Paramount has tapped Tom Wheeler (Puss in Boots) and Robbie Thompson (CW’s Supernatural) to write the script for this new untitled project, which is described as “a real science adventure thriller with an undersea component.”  Further plot details are being kept under wraps, but one can imagine the kind of explosions and destruction Bay could create in an underwater setting.

Wheeler created NBC’s short-lived superhero series The Cape, for which Thompson was also a writer.  Additionally, Wheeler penned DreamWorks Animation’s B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, which is slated for release on June 5, 2015.

There’s no guarantee that Bay will direct this underwater project and he’ll likely see how the script comes together before making a final decision, but it’s definitely an interesting project.  Bay is also developing a World War II thriller called Sabotage for Paramount as another potential directorial project, so that one is a possibility for his post-Age of Extinction film as well.  The Transformers sequel opens in theaters this June, so we should have a better idea of Bay’s slate sometime this summer.




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  • The Dude Abides

    If I don’t see a shark explode I’m going to be very disappointed.

    • ʝoe ßloggs

      Save the fins at least.
      They make great soup.

    • The Flobbit

      If I don’t see a mid-sized atoll go up in a fiery mushroom cloud, I will be very disappointed.

  • God’s Diamond

    Bay slow motion under water. …..like a dream within a dream hahah. Just as long as it keeps him from established franchises

    • Frank

      Oh, my didn’t Spielberg hire him on to that said established franchise. And if I wasn’t mistaken wasn’t Transformers in dire straits at that time only surviving on a anime series out of Japan? And if I wasn’t mistaken, isn’t Transformers nothing more than a toy commerical show made to sell toys to children. Shockers, no wonder he couldn’t make it like you wanted it. It’s because the material isn’t really that good to begin with.

      • orianalianna

        At least you admitted he couldn’t get it done.

      • Frank

        I’m being sarcastic, you expect a lot out of a movie based off of a lousy toy line out of Japan. Really? You expect something brillant out of something that has less of a mythos than the Marvel Universe. And it was all made for selling toys and it was a stupid cartoon anyway. So yes the movies are dumb, that’s what the cartoons where, dumb and so was that animated movie. I admit one thing, Transformers wouldn’t have survived without these movies.

      • mattinacan

        you were right the first time, they suck

      • Frank

        No they don’t, they’re just not brillant material. They are decent for what they are, brainless box office action movies. But that’s not what you like. Sorry, have a nice day, don’t watch and you don’t like Michael Bay then shut up about him.

      • Frank

        No they don’t, they’re just not brillant material. They are decent for what they are, brainless box office action movies. But that’s not what you like. Sorry, have a nice day, don’t watch and you don’t like Michael Bay then shut up about him.

      • mattinacan

        they are assaulting to the eyes and ears, literally painful to watch, racist, and misogynistic with zero redeeming qualities. pure garbage.

      • Frank

        To you, differing opinions. I can counter point that easily.
        Assaulting to the eyes and ears, are you old or infirmed or Roger Ebert?
        Painful to watch? I never go with that stupid theory of anything being painful to watch, it’s a movie, get over it.
        Racist? Two Robots talk Jive and have gold teeth, not a racist movie make, considering Tyrese Gibson plays a heroic army officer of color without and steppenfetchit routines or comedical overtones, this isn’t exactly Birth of the Nation, and Gibson isn’t going where the white women at? During parts of it.
        Misogynistic, women do more in the movie than you know, hell Megan Fox could hold her own against John Tuturro and easily run over another robot while Labeef is screaming his ass off. Huntley does more to turn the tied towards the Autobots favor than Labeef could do.
        Zero Redeeming Qualties? You’re High, great CGI, great action, great acting from some of the actors, John Tuturro’s having fun.
        Pure Garbage? Again a difference of opinion I can certainly say it isn’t. And counter it.

        Also with the misogyny corner, other movies the director did prove he is not all about a woman’s looks. Bad Boys had Tea Leoni who was pretty much going to kill the main bad guy in the movie and seemed to be more of a character than either those two male cops who are just worried about their male egos.

        Bad Boys II had Gabrielle Union who also could do a car chase or too.
        Most of the guys in Bay’s movies aren’t pretty either and in fact are worse off than women, most are portrayed as lunk head, perverted idiots. Or in Pain and Gain’s movie, lunk headed, mentally handicapped, morons who are obsessed with perfection and the American Dream.

        Anthony Mackie is not don’t a shuck and jive routine in that movie and guess what, he’s actually the smartest of the three.

      • Frank

        To you, differing opinions. I can counter point that easily.
        Assaulting to the eyes and ears, are you old or infirmed or Roger Ebert?
        Painful to watch? I never go with that stupid theory of anything being painful to watch, it’s a movie, get over it.
        Racist? Two Robots talk Jive and have gold teeth, not a racist movie make, considering Tyrese Gibson plays a heroic army officer of color without and steppenfetchit routines or comedical overtones, this isn’t exactly Birth of the Nation, and Gibson isn’t going where the white women at? During parts of it.
        Misogynistic, women do more in the movie than you know, hell Megan Fox could hold her own against John Tuturro and easily run over another robot while Labeef is screaming his ass off. Huntley does more to turn the tied towards the Autobots favor than Labeef could do.
        Zero Redeeming Qualties? You’re High, great CGI, great action, great acting from some of the actors, John Tuturro’s having fun.
        Pure Garbage? Again a difference of opinion I can certainly say it isn’t. And counter it.

        Also with the misogyny corner, other movies the director did prove he is not all about a woman’s looks. Bad Boys had Tea Leoni who was pretty much going to kill the main bad guy in the movie and seemed to be more of a character than either those two male cops who are just worried about their male egos.

        Bad Boys II had Gabrielle Union who also could do a car chase or too.
        Most of the guys in Bay’s movies aren’t pretty either and in fact are worse off than women, most are portrayed as lunk head, perverted idiots. Or in Pain and Gain’s movie, lunk headed, mentally handicapped, morons who are obsessed with perfection and the American Dream.

        Anthony Mackie is not don’t a shuck and jive routine in that movie and guess what, he’s actually the smartest of the three.

      • mattinacan

        they are assaulting to the eyes and ears, literally painful to watch, racist, and misogynistic with zero redeeming qualities. pure garbage.

  • TigerFIST

    So no bad boys 3?

    • To Bay Or Not To Bay

      I’m pretty sure Joel Schumacher said there will be one eventually. He wants it to happen. And I’d highly doubt the studio, or Bay, would let a different director take over the franchise. That would just be dumb. They’ll give it to another director when they inevitably reboot it.

      • mattinacan

        that’s too bad, if they got a new director it might actually be good

    • To Bay Or Not To Bay

      I’m pretty sure Joel Schumacher said there will be one eventually. He wants it to happen. And I’d highly doubt the studio, or Bay, would let a different director take over the franchise. That would just be dumb. They’ll give it to another director when they inevitably reboot it.

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  • orianalianna

    But he can’t make things go boom in water!

    • RiddleThemThis

      Never doubt the Bay. You want explosions? He’ll give you explosions.

    • RiddleThemThis

      Never doubt the Bay. You want explosions? He’ll give you explosions.

  • Lance

    Victoria’s Secret models underwater! In slow-motion! Yes, this is right up Bay’s alley!

    And if Bay ever directs a WWII movie called “Sabotage,” you know it will have the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” playing heavily throughout the action sequences. Or maybe it’ll be playing in the London pubs during the Blitz. Period accurate!

  • mattinacan

    well if it is Bay you know it will be crap.

    • Jason Richards

      Bad boys and the rock are fucking great action movies. The first half of the island and transformers 1 isn’t that bad. Not all of his stuff is terrible.

      • mattinacan

        the rock is watchable, bad boy isn’t very good, i agree more or less about the beginning of the island, transformers 1 is fucking awful.

  • milo

    Frank here? Yeah, Frank’s here.

  • EB

    “There’s no guarantee that Bay will direct this underwater project and he’ll likely see how the script comes together before making a final decision.”

    That’s hilarious. Has Bay ever cared about a script, let alone how it comes together, before he makes a movie? I wish his crap career would die already!

  • Scullibundo

    Bay continues his foolhardy quest of trying to be James Cameron.

  • Richard K.

    Filming underwater means you’re less likely to be attacked with an air conditioner.

  • Yurine

    Underwater explosions!

  • ʝoe ßloggs

    — GREENPEACE ALERT —
    Pollution of the seas imminent.

  • Daniel Mitchell

    That picture of Michael Bay in the director chair with an explosion next to him looks so stupid.

  • mattinacan

    Why? BB2 was one of the worst movies I had ever seen until transformers came out.

  • Strong Enough

    BB2 is classic. fall back

  • mattinacan

    BB2 is pure garbage

  • mattinacan

    first one isn’t good but is guilty pleasure fun, second one is just awful

  • Frank

    Yes he used that due to budgetary reasons. Why don’t you tell them about how you think Michael Bay is gay, when he clearly isn’t

  • Strong Enough

    lol

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