It would probably appear to most of us that, on every conceivable level, last summer's 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' was a financial success. The Michael Bay-directed three-quel made over $1 billion theatrically worldwide, which, as it happens, is a lot of money. But not everyone was satisfied, namely, Hasbro. The toy company announced today that while the box office dough is all well and good, what it's really interested in is toy sales. Naturally, the plan is to sell more toys, and that means introducing new characters.
By now you've read about the terrible 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' draft that hit the web a few weeks ago. You know, the one where the turtles are from "Dimension X" and Casey Jones is an 18-year-old dating a CBS-interning April O'Neil. So bad were the reviews of this script that the entirety of the internet agreed it was a good thing that Paramount postponed the project indefinitely. But now one of the film's producers, an outspoken fellow named Michael Bay, wants you to know where exactly to lay the blame.
When you think of all the expertly-directed period naval battles we saw on TV this past year, all...one...of them, one specific example comes to mind: 'Game of Thrones' season 2 episode "Blackwater!" Seen as one of the best battle sequences ever put on TV, the episodes direction seems to have caught the attention of Starz and Michael Bay, who've hired the man behind the camera to direct their new 'Treasure Island' prequel 'Black Sails!'
Don't feel too bad for poor Michael Bay on the loss of momentum with the critically debated 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' reboot, filed down to 'Ninja Turtles.' Not only does the acclaimed, yet oft-maligned director still have 'Transformers 4' (and God-willing, 'Bad Boys 3') to fall back on, but now Michael Bay has picked up yet another TV project. So, what's it about, and how likely are we to see it?
Back right before 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' came out, director Michael Bay said several times that he wasn't going to touch the Autobots or the Decepticons ever again once the trilogy was completed. Well, the trilogy is done and here we are on the heels of yet another Michael Bay 'Transformers' movie. But that's not the big news.
Thank goodness Michael Bay's next project still takes place in the age of gunpowder, otherwise the director's first TV foray would be dreadfully devoid of explosions. But if Michael Bay really is to take to TV for a new Starz series, what classic story might the upcoming 'Black Sails' draw its inspiration from, how will it manage to incorporate giant robots?