After Producing Horror Films, Michael Bay Wants to Direct One Now

October 10, 2013
Source: THR

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Though Michael Bay is known for big, explosive blockbusters like Transformers, Armageddon and Bad Boys, his Platinum Dunes production banner has dished out plenty of horror in the form of glossy remakes of Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. They also took over the rights to Halloween last year, but we're not sure when that franchise will make a return. Now THR (via Shock Til You Drop) has word from the director (in a post about their "masters of horror" that following his work producing horror films, he now has an eye on the directing in the genre. But will there be explosions?

Bay told the trade about his ambitions, "I have a great fantasy — that I will probably make a reality — of directing my own self-financed horror movie. I love this genre because the movie is the star.” Let's be honest, in almost every Michael Bay film, the movie is the star. Only recently did Bay scale back his proclivity for big action with the dark comedy thriller Pain & Gain. It just might be one of his best films, so seeing what Bay can do behind the camera in a completely different genre, especially one that he finances himself, would be something to behold. We'll wait and see how soon that happens.

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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments


Getting Halloween done should be the # (insert four letter) priority over at that shop. It is a tragedy what has happened since Moutapha Akkad's death. Malek Akkad- can, apparently only do so much. Gajonka Film has a good idea for a script - adding realism to the "Takes manhattan" theme. We need to rbing Hallloween back... and do it right.

Gajonka on Oct 10, 2013


HEY HEY HEY!!! FINISH WORKING ON TRANSFORMERS 4 AND MAKING SURE ITS PERFECT BEFORE TALKING ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE!!! Until then, i dont want to hear anything about plans on other projects. Now get back to work on T4 set!

Such heroic nonsense on Oct 10, 2013


He doesn't care if it's perfect, and I don't think any of the audience does either.

OfficialJab on Oct 10, 2013


You dont think any of the audience does?!?! Pfffff dumb!

Such heroic nonsense on Oct 11, 2013


I'm pretty sure expectations aren't soaring.

OfficialJab on Oct 11, 2013


Dinobots are rumored to appear. Whether they appear or not Transformers will always have high expectations, even with the possibility of being let down again. You're ignorant to assume otherwise.

Such heroic nonsense on Oct 11, 2013


We all know we're not getting a perfect Transformers movie, at least from this guy, don't we? Not saying I won't enjoy it, but this isn't the Transformers we were looking for. At least this one is supposed to be slightly differenty.

OfficialJab on Oct 12, 2013


Yes Im aware of that. What i initially ranted was ranted 'because' i know we wont get a perfect transformers.

Such heroic nonsense on Oct 15, 2013


Bad Boys 3, Bay. Do it.

Nielsen700 on Oct 10, 2013


All of his movies are horror movies

Tester on Oct 10, 2013


haha funny!

Avi on Oct 10, 2013


Platinum Dunes is the poster boy for the current lazy, flashy, soul-less face of a mainstream Hollywood bereft of ideas. do i believe Bay can create something original and interesting in the horror genre? of course, anything is possible. but when you look at his production company and its roll call of hollow, apathetic remakes for The Hitcher, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles... well, you do wonder.

son_et_lumiere on Oct 10, 2013


By horror does he mean like I, Frankenstein. That strikes me as what a Bay-directed horror movie in 2014 or 2015 might be. And I don't want it.

OfficialJab on Oct 10, 2013


I agree about Pain & Gain. I really enjoyed it and technically it was great to watch too. Bayhem should direct more like that and less like Transformers (although the latter likely enables funding of the former).

cobrazombie on Oct 11, 2013

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