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