Michael Bay's 'Small Movie' is an Adaptation of Pain and Gain

April 20, 2009
Source: SlashFilm

Pain & Gain

At the end of last week, we wrote about how Michael Bay wanted to direct a "small movie" in between Transformers 2 and 3. He only hinted that it would be a "dark comedy," but didn't say much else, at least not at the time. However, SlashFilm was sent a tip over the weekend, stating that Bay's small movie is actually an adaptation of a Miami New Times article from 1999 called "Pain & Gain" (which you can read online here). The true story is about a couple of steroid-abusing knucklehead bodybuilders from Florida who become criminals involved in an extortion ring and a a kidnapping plot that all goes horribly wrong.

It's described as a mix of Fargo and Pulp Fiction or even "Point Break with bodybuilders." The original screenplay was written by writing partners Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who wrote The Chronicles of Narnia movies, You Kill Me, and the upcoming The First Avenger: Captain America. Apparently it's exactly as Bay described, quite small, and there isn't any action besides a car crash. Doesn't sound very Michael Bay to me, but maybe that's actually a good thing? Who knows how much the story has changed, and I'm sure it has (including the title), but this sounds pretty fun. What do you think?

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I don' t think it is a great idea at all. A Michael Bay film with no Action. I love Michael's films for what they are. Big Dumb Summer Popcorn Action films. Next you'll be telling me that James Cameron will be moving on from directing great sci-fi flicks like Terminator 2 and Aliens to directing a big dumbass romance film about the Titanic. Oh wait a minute, that already happened. Ha Ha!

Bizzaro on Apr 20, 2009


pfft... pass. but will see it as long as someone can pay for my ticket.

d1rEct on Apr 20, 2009


This is a really bad idea - glamourising a bunch of crooks and killers. Why would you consider doing that?

dom on Apr 20, 2009


Leave a story line like that to the Cohen Brothers PLEASE!!

J.N.L on Apr 20, 2009


>> This is a really bad idea - glamourising a bunch of crooks and killers. Why would you consider doing that?<< Yeah, someone should've told Francis Ford Coppola not to do a trilogy of Italian mob bosses.

Eric on Apr 20, 2009


This movie is based on a true story.  They're not even changing the names of the killers or the victims...  there are two families out there missing people that they loved - murdered by two steroid abusing scumbags who thought they could just go around kidnapping people and holding them hostage then KILLING them... the whole story is disgusting and this movie being called a comedy, even a "dark" comedy is a real slap in the face to the families involved...  imagine if someone brutally, callously murdered someone you loved, then a few years later, a big time hollywood director made a comedy about the incident.  Hilarious.

Vlparker on May 1, 2012


I expect Bay will make that one car crash take place at a nuclear power station... Still, Im intrigued! 😉

Mathieu on Apr 20, 2009


Total pass. We all know that since Armageddon, if a movie's screenplay does not have any reason to allow a mass of explosions, battles or all around cheese action - there really isn't a movie.

Conrad on Apr 20, 2009


The guys who wrote the Narnia movies wrote Captain America? Good news to me!! As for Bay, may he rock on.

WEAPON X on Apr 20, 2009


I'm totally in. I'm tired of everything blowing up. It's so predictable. THIS, I'd go to see.

I'm in on May 3, 2009


i came to know that this movie is MB's dream project so I'm also in for this

vittal on Sep 6, 2009


Thanks to Michael Bay for direct a "small movie" that shows how bad influence can lead to bad habits even when you have the right physical strength to make an honest living. Lessons learned: No friend is better than a evil friend.

miami accident attorney on Apr 6, 2010


Hey Michael Bay, You really should consider Chris Evans or Ryan Reynolds along side with Dwayne.... Think about it???? So luck good luck working on the movie, I hope it has great action scenes.

Bigbloodey on Feb 12, 2012

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