Despite all earlier indications that Dark of the Moon would be Michael Bay’s final Transformers movie, the director apparently wants to return for a fourth. But he also wants to get a pet project called Pain and Gain off the ground. So what’s a studio to do?
If Paramount Pictures wants the explosive filmmaker to return to the Hasbro toy-based franchise, it will most likely make a deal for Pain to secure the director for the big-budget bot movie, Vulture reports.
While nothing has been signed just yet, the site’s sources do say they’re not far from figuring out the deal. Pain and Gain is a film based on a real-life group of bodybuilders that kidnapped a businessman only to have him hire a private investigator to track them down after the assault.
Compared to the effects-heavy Transformers franchise, the film — based on a three-part story that appeared in Miami New Times in 1999 — will not take very long to film. The idea is that Bay can quickly film Pain and then move right over to prepping the fourth installment of Transformers. Official word of the deal is expected as soon as next week.
Update: Bay has now commented, writing early this morning: “Studio’s are passing rumors but I’m not sure what I’m doing? I know I’m going to do Pain and Gain early spring but that’s it for right now. I’m leaving all my options on the table. I’ve got several Studio meetings in the next two weeks.”