Michael Bay's short film discovered?
It seems that the short film that Michael Bay is talking about making between Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers 3 has been discovered, and it really isn't an action film, it's a true story.
Hard to believe that Bay would tackle something described as a dark comedy and now something described as a true story without any action at all. However saying that, the story is still rather pumped up.
Pain & Gain is an article from the Miami New Times News written by Pete Collins and published on December 23rd 1999. It tells the true story of a couple of bodybuilders from Florida who team up with some career criminals and become involved in an extortion ring and a kidnapping plot that falls apart around them. The description of the article says:
"They were local bodybuilders with a penchant for steroids, strippers, and quick cash. And they became expert in the use of a peculiar motivational tool: Torture"
/Film has the story from a tipster that tells them this is the project that Michael Bay is hoping to bring to life, and that Paramount had previously started the project with the writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
You can read the entire article over at the Miami New Times News and discover what exactly happened in the tale, but it is nine pages long, bigger than a Filmstalker film review!
It sounds interesting and apparently has next to no big action sequences apart from a car crash, and that will test Michael Bay's mettle, for all I remember are big action sequences. However he can tell a story, or even this action films wouldn't be nearly the size they are.
It's going to be interesting seeing him on a film without that heavy budget and effects weighting, and to concentrate on characters and story. Still, I can see this having some serious muscle to the story and give him plenty of opportunities for his trademark styles, just sans big action sequences.
Mind you, saying that, just because the original story doesn't have it, will the script remain that way? Perhaps he'll use it to make something similar feel to Bad Boys just with the pairing on the wrong side of the law and the huge sequences heavily toned down.