Michael Bay Feeds the Crazies - Updates on Transformers 2, Friday the 13th
by Kevin Powers
July 16, 2008
My affinity for Michael Bay is not unlike my addiction to Runts -- you can't exactly argue that it's good for you, but it can be pretty tasty at times. The explosion-happy director even endeared himself to me with his recent 'Awesome' ad for Verizon. But I can't say that I'm exactly thrilled that the guy has initiated his own personal campaign against online outlets to seed misinformation to the so-called "internet crazies." Thankfully, Bay recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and the Friday the 13th remake this his production company, Platinum Dunes, is developing. I guess all those fanatic "crazies" can take a break from pulling out their eyelashes and talking to their coffee mugs.
Of the forthcoming Transformers sequel, Bay provides little insight, except for some mundane observations on his position of the follow up. "I hate sequels that try to make it to the third movie. Pretend like we're never having a third movie, so let's go for broke on the second one. I hate those cliffhangers! Let's just make this movie stand on its own. I really feel this movie is not a forced sequel. I think the script is really good, and I think it's got a lot of new stuff in it. There are a lot of rumors out there, but we've released a lot of fake stuff. We've done a really good job of keeping things secret." The original Transformers certainly ended with an easy ride into a sequel. I suppose Fallen will be less open-ended, so I imagine there's going to be a lot of interesting deaths for those "new robots that are really inventive."
Update! Even more goodies for Transformers fans! The guys over at Jalopnik have uncovered a new concept car that is supposedly involved in the film. At the bottom you'll see a new photo of the Corvette concept (to the right I believe) as well as the rest of the robot line-up from the shoot taking place at Edwards Air Force Base. Hopefully this should get those of you just a little more excited for this sequel!
As for Friday the 13th, Bay indicates that not only is the "reconception" going to have plot points from the first two original movies, but that there's also a major twist out of the gate. "You're just not going to believe the first 12 minutes! It's a twist in itself." Remember, Bay's an internet liar, so take this for what it's worth. He goes on to say, "We're introducing a whole group of new kids. What we always try to do is add a little bit of freshness to these movies that were really scary back then and update them for a new audience." Now, I believe that's a lie. How many would agree that Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning or The Hitcher followed this ideal? They're not bad in my mind, but certainly not of the crafty scariness of yore.
As for the Ouija Board movie, Bay says they're "just meeting with writers now" and that a Nightmare on Elm Street remake isn't fully formed yet, but would be "worth every penny." All in all, this batch of news is interesting, but it's hard to have much confidence in the guy. Do you take much of this information to heart or have you started to just ignore the news surrounding Bay?