There are rumors flying around from various media sites about the title of the next Transformers.
I wanted you to hear from me directly that we have not yet chosen a title and anything being reported is absolutely not true.
When we have a title to announce, I promise you will hear it from me first.
Michael Bay to Develop Ubisoft’s ‘Ghost Recon’ Film at Warner Bros.
by Marc Graser
Michael Bay is ready to go on a covert mission with Ubisoft, signing on to develop “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon” into a potential film franchise at Warner Bros., with an eye to direct.
Project marks the first time Bay has worked with Warner Bros., after previously producing and helming films primarily with Disney, Sony, DreamWorks and Paramount.
The “Ghost Recon” games revolve around a fictional unit of the U.S. Army Special Forces that essentially operates as the President’s private army, using the latest technology to infiltrate and take down threats around the world without leaving any traces behind that they exist.
“These guys don’t belong to any specific organization,” Jean Julien Baronnet, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “They’re in the field where the U.S. troops are not supposed to be. It’s a small team with very strong personalities and very specific skill sets. They’re using weapons nobody knows about but it’s very grounded. It’s not sci-fi.”
Ubisoft wanted to work with Bay “because he is a master at action movies,” Baronnet said. Bay is currently directing “Transformers 4″ for Paramount.
The film is the third high-profile adaptation of one of its games that Ubisoft has set up within the past year, with New Regency co-producing both “Assassin’s Creed” and “Splinter Cell.” Twentieth Century Fox has already set Memorial Day 2015 as the release date for “Assassin’s Creed,” which will star Michael Fassbender.
However, as opposed to just licensing the films rights to Hollywood and hoping for the best, Ubisoft is taking more control in how the games are adapted, with an eye toward maintaining the DNA of the games while telling a brand new story not based on what gamers have already played.
It packaged its first film projects before shopping them to production shingles and studios, attaching Fassbender to “Assassin’s Creed” and Tom Hardy to “Splinter Cell.” Nickelodeon will also air an animated series based on Ubisoft’s “Raving Rabbids” games.
Ubisoft is now also meeting with screenwriters to tackle “Ghost Recon,” with Bay overseeing its development through his Platinum Dunes production banner. Should he spark to the script, he could direct the film. The goal is to hire screenwriters later this month and start attaching talent in July. Ubisoft has the rights to use Tom Clancy’s name in the film title.
“When we started Ubisoft we wanted to be able to maintain creative control of our franchises,” Baronnet said. “We wanted to be in a situation where we’re not making mainstream movies but movies that can respect the DNA of our game franchises. Today it’s real.”
More than 24 million “Ghost Recon” games have sold over the release of nine titles, four expansion packs and a Facebook game since 2001. “Ghost Recon: Future Soldier” was released in 2012.
Ubisoft already had produced a live action short for the franchise, “Ghost Recon Alpha,” that was directed by Francois Alaux and Herve de Crecy, and produced by Ridley Scott, giving a sense of what a big screen feature could look like.
I would like thank everyone for showing up to ‘The Purge’. Our little 2.7 million dollar movie never thought it would see such a large audience.
A special race-inspired C7 Corvette Stingray, based on Chevrolet’s upcoming 2014 production car! High-resolution photo:
Principal photography on Transformers 4 has begun. As guests of the Navajo Nation, we took a convoy of brand new, re-envisioned and remodeled Autobots out for a spin down Highway 163 in Monument Valley near the border of Arizona and Utah. Stay tuned…more to come!
As we celebrate Memorial Day here in the US, we honoring those who fought for our country so valiantly. Let us not forget that they put country before themselves. And let’s not forget their families.
Hey Guys, it’s our first entry into TV. These are two of the three shows we have coming out from my company Platinum Dunes TV. It’s been a busy year for us at Platinum Dunes, but Brad, Andrew and myself are very proud of ‘The Last Ship on TNT and ‘Black Sails’ on Starz. Check them out.
From acclaimed director Michael Bay comes “Pain and Gain,” a new action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie. Based on the unbelievable true story of a group of personal trainers in 1990s Miami who, in pursuit of the American Dream, get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong.
In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection profile, SoundWorks talks with the sound team of Director Michael Bay’s “Pain and Gain” featuring supervising sound editor and sound designer Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn.
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Erik Aadahl: Sound Designer / Supervising Sound Editor
Ethan Van der Ryan: Sound Designer / Supervising Sound Editor
Kevin Cerchiai: Boom Operator
Blake Collins: Foley Mixer
John T. Cucci: Foley Artist
Fredrick Cuevas: ADR Recordist
Scott Curtis: Foley Mixer
Joel Erickson: Assistant Sound Editor
Judah Getz: ADR Mixer
Jeffrey J. Haboush: Sound Re Recording Mixer
Tim Hoogenakker: ADR Mixer
P.K. Hooker: Sound Effects Editor
David Husby: Production Sound Mixer
Scott Millan: Sound Re Recording Mixer
Michael Miller: ADR Mixer
Dan O’Connell: Foley Artist
Greg P. Russell: Sound Re Recording Mixer
Mike Schmidt: Boom Operator
Greg ten Bosch: Sound Effects Editor
Take a look at some of the review ‘Pain & Gain’ is getting.
“One of the best films of the year. A truly great American drama.” “Dwayne Johnson gives the best performance of his career. Prepare to be amazed.” - Jake Hamilton, FOX-TV
“You’ll remember and talk about forever! Like Pulp Fiction…without the fiction!!!” - Mark S. Allen KMAX-TV
“The guy flick of 2013. Insanely Funny. An early candidate for the guy flick of 2013, Pain & Gain is violent, deeply nasty and insanely funny. The way-over-the-top star trio of Wahlberg, Johnson and Mackie are such loveably despicable meatheads, they’re like The Three Stooges– only with bulging biceps, strippers, kidnapping, extortion, a chainsaw, and buckets of blood.” - Stephen Rebello, PLAYBOY
“Perfectly cast, P&G plays like the Coen Brothers on steroids. Hilariously dark and nearly impossible to believe, the true story cements Michael Bay as an auteur and offers his very bestwork to date.” - Silas Lesnick,COMING SOON
“Outrageously entertaining.” - Marlow Stern, NEWSWEEK
“It’s deeply dark, disturbed and depraved and the more I think about it, the more I really like it.” - Billy Donnelly AIN’T IT COOL NEWS
“Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and the rest of the cast are amazing in this film! A disturbing story of ambition and envy that is fed by narcissism and drugs.” - Julian Molina MSN LATINO
“It’s so intriguingly dark and dumb you can’t look away. This is definitely a new spin for a Michael Bay film destined to be one of his classics. This pitch dark comedy is a must-see!” -Ashley Samour, MTV
“The Rock gives the best performance of his career. A weird, entertaining, amalgamation of ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘Very Bad Things’ and ‘Bad Boys’.” - Germain Lussier / SLASHFILM
“Pain and Gain is the most original, shocking, surprising and hilarious movie of the year. So crazy, so surprising it could only be true.” - Greg Russell MOVIE SHOW
“Absolutely one of the craziest true stories I’ve ever seen on a movie screen. It’s also fantastic.” - Steve Weintraub / COLLIDER
Wrestling fans, it was a joke said on Entertainment Tonight–with a laugh. You can see the clip for yourselves. The most important person to see the on air joke was Dwayne. I love seeing The Rock wrestle. I hope he wrestles 10 more years. I joked on air because Dwayne was not at our LA premiere due to his injury.
Update #1: Here is the video of Michael Bay at the Pain & Gain premiere in Los Angeles.
Update #2: The Rock has tweeted. He’s agreed to wrestle women now. Any volunteers?
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 24, 2013