Since Michael Bay decided to make Transformers: Age of Extinction his last directorial outing with the franchise, it’s been unclear just where the series is heading. We’d heard talk of Mark Wahlberg returning to continue the storyline that began with last summer’s film, but little else since then. Taking a cue from Disney’s Star Wars plans (along with every other major studio’s “expanded universe” attempts), Paramount has hired Akiva Goldsman to create a “writers room” and brainstorm new sequel and spinoff ideas.
Last night marked the 35th annual Razzie Awards, a kind of counter-programming to tonight’s Oscars, honoring the absolute worst movies and stars in 2014. To be fair, the annual list of Razzie nominees indicates that the people behind these awards aren’t watching enough movies — there are plenty of movies from last year that were worse than Transformers: Age of Extinction, for instance. Kirk Cameron topped this year’s list of “winners,” with Cameron Diaz and Annie not far behind.
Michael Bay’s ‘13 Hours’ is shaping up to be something we’re legitimately interested in seeing (as if we’d ever skip a new Bay movie). After casting John Krasinski a few weeks back, the upcoming action flick has just recruited ‘Orange is the New Black’ star Pablo Schreiber (aka Pornstache) to join Bay’s latest.
Woe be unto humanity if teenagers discover time travel. That’s the main takeaway from the entertaining new found-footage thriller ‘Project Almanac,’ in which a quintet of adolescents find a time machine, and do exactly what a bunch of adolescents would do if they found a time machine: Party, prank, and screw around with no thought to the consequences of their actions. These kids know and cite ‘Looper’ and ‘The Terminator,’ but the movie they should have paid attention to was ‘The Butterfly Effect,’ because they seem caught off-guard when their innocent misadventures in the timestream begin to ripple out in dangerous ways.
In the found footage time travel film ‘Project Almanac’ (formerly titled ‘Welcome to Yesterday’), director Dean Israelite includes footage of a plane crash, which you’ll also spot in the trailer. As it turns out, that plane crash footage isn’t the result of special effects, but real footage from a real plane crash in 1994. Maybe you didn’t notice this footage in the trailer, but the families of two of the victims involved in that crash definitely did, and they were not too pleased.
Not long ago, it was reported that Michael Bay’s next directorial effort would be something a little more serious, and something which will probably feature fewer robots: ‘13 Hours,’ a Benghazi-based action drama. The first actor to sign up for what’s been affectionately called “Bayghazi” is John Krasinski, the former star of NBC’s ‘The Office.’ Presumably he’ll do more than shrug at Michael Bay’s camera.
After getting bumped around the release schedule for the better part of a year, the found-footage time travel thriller ‘Project Almanac’ (which used to be known as ‘Welcome to Yesterday’) is finally arriving in theaters this January. And to prove it, the studio has released a new trailer, which makes this look like ‘The Sound of Thunder’ for millennials.
If you took time out of your life to go to the theater this year and see ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction,’ then you know that one of the better parts of that wacky film was Mark Wahlberg. The Boston native’s performance as a small town Texas inventor was just one of the exceedingly silly elements of the film, but he was actually pretty fun to watch. As it turns out, Wahlberg also enjoyed starring in a ‘Transformers’ movie, and he’ll be back for more in ‘Transformers 5’—but that was kind of obvious, right?
One of the most surprising success stories of the year was the Michael Bay-produced ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ reboot, which wound up grossing $464 million worldwide. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman, the new, live-action take on the Turtles may have left something to be desired among critics, but audiences proved that there’s still a healthy fanbase for the enduring heroes—which is why there’s a sequel in the works. Liebesman won’t be returning, however, but Paramount has already found his replacement.
Since 2007, the only non-'Transformers' film Michael Bay has directed is 2013's 'Pain & Gain,' based on a true crime story that Bay was pretty much born to adapt into a film. After the release of last year's 'Transformers: Age of Extinction,' Bay declared that while the franchise would continue on, he would not return to direct another installment, and now it seems he may have found his first non-robot project -- and it's some pretty serious subject matter. Attention: Mark Wahlberg, your services will likely be required because Michael Bay wants to make a military movie.