Michael Bay's Finally Shooting That Dark Comedy 'Pain & Gain' Next

June 30, 2011
Source: MTV

Michael Bay

It's been over two years since we heard explosive director Michael Bay was going to deliver a smaller budget film between Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and the following sequel that became Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Obviously we know he took on the third installment of the transforming robot franchise instead, but MTV has learned the adaptation of a Miami New Times article from 1999 called "Pain & Gain" (which you can read online here) will be Bay's next project, and it won't cost an arm and a leg to produce like his other films. Instead the film is only budgeted at a modest $20 million. More below!

The true story follows 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. The film has been 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 Captain America : The First Avenger. Bay has called it a dark comedy, and that's something he hasn't really tackled before. Honestly, I'm not sure I want smaller films from Bay since he makes the big flicks so much fun, but I'm at least interested to see how he directs with a small budget.

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Reader Feedback - 10 Comments


Love it! He's great at Comedy and everything else he does. Sure as hell will be there on opening weekend!

Davide Coppola on Jun 30, 2011


No he's not. He can showcase pretty explosions and prettier people but that's really about it.

Who stole the thunder on Jul 1, 2011


Don't worry Ethan, you can still have an explosion in a dark comedy. I think.

PG13 on Jun 30, 2011


The comedy will come from how big this fails.

Moon on Jun 30, 2011


sounds fun to me

Loser on Jun 30, 2011


Will it have assplosions? 

パトリツク ♬ Rip on Jul 1, 2011


Not interested in Michael Bay films or news. 

Ticketmaster on Jul 1, 2011


Then why did you post here? Anyway, I'm interested to see how effective he is with a small budget. They say restriction breeds creativity.

Michael on Jul 2, 2011


What happened to "BAD BOYS III"?

Last Son on Jul 4, 2011


Sound fun but I don't think he will make this movie only with 20$ mil. 

whatafy on Jul 5, 2011

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