Michael Bay Boasts About ILM's Record Breaking Workload
You just got to love Michael Bay. Even though he gets a lot of shit from people who hate his movies, he doesn't care one bit about any of it, and still puts out $200 million blockbusters every other summer that do end up entertaining millions worldwide anyway. So why am I mentioning this today? Because in the new LA Times interview with Bay, he touches on exactly that topic (and plenty more about Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen). Bay says: "Look, a lot of people think it's fun to hate on Michael Bay. There's a lot of poison on the Internet. People always try to knock someone who's had a ton of success in movies. Whatever."
As we all know, Bay is finishing Transformers 2, which is coming down to the wire in terms of being finished on time for its June 24th opening. "This one," Bay says, "is barely going to make it to theaters. You have no idea how complicated my life is." In regards to how much work is involved, part of the reason why it's taking so long is that ILM must render the robots in IMAX resolution. Apparently the first Transformers movie took up an "astounding 15 terabytes"; the new one required 140 terabytes. "That breaks every record," he boasts. With IMAX and at least double the number of robots, we know why.
We're working on putting together an article looking at just how ambitious this movie is for ILM. But for now, frankly because we just don't know much else besides what is reported here, I suggest everyone check out the full interview with Bay. He's not as great of a public speaker as Guillermo del Toro, but it is still entertaining listening to him talk, too, especially because that's not all that often. As for Transformers 2, this is just a sign that we can definitely expect something much bigger and better than we've, perhaps, ever seen before on the big screen. Well, at least the robots will look amazing, right? Getting excited yet?