After a decade in development, Michael Bay’s “Pain and Gain,” a low-budget (by his standards) dark comedy about bodybuilders, is finally moving forward, as Dwayne Johnson is in early talks to topline the long-gestating pic.
Based on a Miami New Times article from 1999, “Pain and Gain” will follow a pair of Florida bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.
“Captain America” scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely wrote the original script and have compared its tone to the Coen brothers’ “Fargo,” which was also based on a true crime story.
Long-gestating dark comedy, which is said to carry a modest $20 million price tag and does not yet have an official greenlight, is set up at Paramount and will be produced by Bay and Donald De Line, who has been involved with the project since 2001.
Michael was recently in Singapore for the opening of Transformers The Ride. You can read about it below.
From what I’ve heard from fans, “It was a great ride. A sort of a movie Transformers fan’s heaven” is how they describe it.
SINGAPORE: The world’s first theme park attraction based on the Transformers franchise opened at Universal Studios Singapore on Friday.
And appearing alongside the Autobots was director-producer, Michael Bay, who did not rule out the possibility of another Transformers sequel.
Mr Bay made a grand entrance in a 2010 edition of the Chevrolet Camaro, which is the same car featured in the Transformers film franchise.
With a touch of the Allspark – the life force of the robots – TRANSFORMERS The Ride officially opened after nearly four years in the making.
Standing nearly three metres tall, Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots, and the much loved Bumblebee are undoubtedly the star attractions.
The latest attraction promises to bring the ultimate 3-D battle between the Autobots and Decepticons with groundbreaking visual effects by Industrial Light & Magic, a division of Lucasfilm.
It is also one of the most expensive rides at Universal Studios Singapore with Mr Bay lending his creative input on its development.
He said the process was similar to directing a movie, only with a ride element thrown in.
Mr Bay said: “I tried to help them sculpt the story and figure out what type of shots we’d like to do, what type of characters we can use. They also had some great ideas…..on how the simulators work, how it mixed with the photography and the shots that we need.”
Transformers fans will get to ride inside a never-before featured Autobot called EVAC and whizz through tunnels, cityscapes and across rooftops.
With the opening of the new attraction, Universal Studios is expecting to rake in its highest attendance in December. It did not disclose any figures.
The same ride will make its debut at Universal Studios Hollywood by May next year.
For fans wanting to catch these fighting machines on another big-screen adventure, Mr Bay did not rule out another sequel.
Mr Bay: “How did I know someone’s going to ask me this question today? We’re talking about it, but there’s nothing right now. I’m going to do a tiny movie first, then we’ll talk about it, if I potentially do it.”
He added that if he is to produce another Transformers movie, it will feature the latest in cinema technology.
Source: Channel NewsAsia
The “Dark of the Moon” helmer talks to THR about how the movie’s climactic Chicago destruction sequence came to be and the scene that caused Industrial Light and Magic’s computer system to crash.
This story first appeared in the Dec. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
The Hollywood Reporter: You have quite a large below-the-line team.
Michael Bay: Roughly 3,000 people worked on this Transformers. Some have been with me since 1995’s Bad Boys. The people I work with are animals. They’re passionate. It irks me that VFX and VFX movies aren’t considered art. It’s a different type of art, but it’s definitely art.
THR: How important is sound to your films?
Bay: Sound has been a major part of my movies. It’s something I love and put a huge emphasis on. The sound on this film is the most complex I’ve ever done. The Transformers sound team invents sounds, and they start very early. It’s a long, creative process, and nothing for this movie is off-the-shelf.
THR: What did you use to create some of the sound that became part of The Driller’s “voice”?
Bay: At one point, we worked with an orangutan whose trainer said to sound designer Erik Aadahl, “Turn your back and put your keys to the side. I’m going to steal your keys when the orangutan is watching. He’ll go crazy because he can’t imagine the injustice of what’s going on.”
THR: Can you discuss the Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound mix in the climactic Chicago destruction sequence?
Bay: [Rerecording mixer] Greg Russell said reel seven [the destruction of Chicago, including The Driller] was the hardest of his career. He said it had 30,000 fades files, and the entire [Pro Tools audio postproduction system] locked up.
They had to call the engineers who developed the program to fix it. They had never heard of a reel having 30,000 fades.
THR: Didn’t the movie also crash ILM’s computer system?
Bay: It was the scene where The Driller destroys Chicago. It was single-handedly the most complex shot ILM has ever done in its history. They had to hijack the entire computer system over the weekends to get the shots finished.
I never really bother to correct gossip sites. Some of the time they report untrue things, but celebrities and public people often just let them pass. I am going to comment now on sites like TMZ and others recently reporting about a woman names Lauren Stoner. She is not my girlfriend. We are not dating nor have we ever dated. We have been friends for five years. She in fact is dating a friend of mine named, Matt Anthony. Just because a photograph was taken on the beach a while back, they had to create a story.
I know this because I talked to the photographer who took the pic. He told me “this is how I make my living”. I’m glad to have helped in any job creation I can in America. Now with the facts straight can I get back to prepping my new movie?
Transformers 3 is nominated in the following categories:
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A couple of nights ago, TF3 Dark Of The Moon quietly passed Lord Of the Rings: Return Of The King to become the 4th highest film of all time. Thanks to all the fans for making it so and especially that one person who we know has seen it about 60 times. Yes, you read right. 60.
In other news, the TF3 DVD/Blu-ray debuted at the #1 spot with 64% of the sales being Blu-ray.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Spectacular action, stunning visual effects, non-stop thrills and fan-favorite characters including OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE and Sam Witwicky rocketed Transformers: Dark of the Moon into the stratosphere, with the latest installment of the wildly popular TRANSFORMERS franchise surpassing its predecessors to earn over $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office. From Paramount Pictures in association with Hasbro, the breathtaking film redefines the scale, scope and emotional impact of what a blockbuster can be with the ongoing epic story of the mighty AUTOBOTS in a thrill-packed adventure that the whole family can enjoy. Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, the film will debut in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo with a digital copy and on standard DVD on Friday, September 30, 2011, followed by a deluxe Blu-ray and DVD release, including a Blu-ray 3D, in the coming months.
“For fans who can’t wait, the Blu-ray release in September will deliver an awesome ride with the movie in stunning 1080p high definition and a 7.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack that was personally overseen by our phenomenal supervising sound mixer just for the Blu-ray,” said director Michael Bay. “As you know, we put a lot of effort into the 3D experience for the theatrical release and I want to make sure we get it right for home viewing–and that process takes time. So stay tuned for an even more incredible release that will include the film on Blu-ray 3D and loads of bonus features.”
Source: PRNews Wire/MarketWatch
Exclusive to Michael Bay Dot Com are some never before seen photos of what went on behind the scenes on Transformers 3 Dark Of The Moon.
Paramount’s blockbuster Transformers: Dark of the Moon is being re-released in Imax theaters for an extended two-week run, beginning Friday.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon: An IMAX 3D Experience has been digitally remastered with proprietary IMAX technology.
According to insiders, Dark of the Moon will play in 246 Imax theaters in North America from Aug. 26 to Sept. 8. During those two weeks, the film will play simultaneously with other movies already booked by Imax.
From the Mailibu Patch:
Francesco Quinn, an Italian-born actor and a son of Oscar winner Anthony Quinn, died Friday night of an apparent heart attack near his home in the La Costa neighborhood of Malibu. He was 48.
Quinn was born March 22, 1963 in Rome, Italy to Anthony Quinn’s second wife Iolanda. His acting career began in 1986 with a role in the Oscar-winning Oliver Stone film Platoon. He went on to appear in numerous films and television shows, including playing Tomas Del Cerro in the CBS soap opera Young and the Restless. For that role, Quinn was nominated for an American Latino Media Arts Award, which recognizes people who portray positive representations of Latinos.
In a notable victory for Paramount and director Michael Bay, threequel Transformers: Dark of the Moon has become the first film in the franchise to reach $1 billion in worldwide grosses.
Through Tuesday, the pic’s international cume was $663 million; through Monday, its domestic total was $338.8 million, the top grossing film of the year in North America.
Dark of the Moon is only the 10th film in history to hit the $1 billion mark, as well as securing the record for top Paramount pic of all time. The film’s performance has no doubt been boosted by being the first title in the series to be shot and released in 3D.
Paramount chairman-CEO Brad Gray said Dark of the Moon was “a substantial milestone in the 99 year life” of the studio.
“We are grateful for the extraordinary work of Michael Bay and his film-making team, executive producer Steven Spielberg, and everyone at Paramount around the globe who played a part in helping make this latest Transformers one of the 10 highest grossing films worldwide of all time,” Gray said.
Over the weekend, Paramount’s threequel Transformers: Dark of the Moon became the top grossing film in the series, with a worldwide total of $882.4 million through Sunday.
The original Transformers grossed $709.7 million globally, while sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen took in $836.3 million. Dark of the Moon’s performance has no doubt been helped by being the only one of the three to be released in 3D.
Dark of the Moon’s weekend tally included $62 million in foreign grosses—fueled by a $40 million-plus opening in China, the biggest three-day launch of all time for an American film and eclipsing Avatar’s debut by 72%.
I really do hate how writers get it wrong. They write as if they were there every day, every hour, for two years of production. David Cohen’s 3D story for Variety, missed the mark. I often ask my what is the point in talking to writer’s because they just want to print their own reality of the truth.
David didn’t print the whole story from me, or my team, which makes a deceiving portrait of the truth. He got the conversion percentages wrong. And more importantly missed the true point of what the story should have been. The world was asking for a good 3D experience. How you could seamlessly blend Native to converted. Transformers 3D stands on it own, and we feel proud we delivered.
David wasn’t interested into how Transformers revolutionized the conversion process in it’s approach, and technique. He thought he would bore readers by forgetting to mention the massive complexity of the hundreds of layers, and the full year we had our two conversion companies working on some of the shots. We did think way different, and outside the box.
He could’ve made an educational article where directors and producers could’ve learned about new conversion techniques and the innovative ways to approach the process. But instead it was a lame attempt to say we fibbed to the audience.
I always thought Variety was a film trade magazine?