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