Published On: Wed, Apr 23rd, 2014

Michael Bay transforms his Transformers

Premiere Of Paramount Pictures' "Super 8" - Arrivals

Michael Bay is the king of summer blockbusters. With high-grossing films such as Bad Boys, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and The Island in his arsenal, the 49 year-old Jewish-raised director/producer is set on conquering the box-offices yet again this upcoming summer with a reboot of his most popular, and most successful film franchise to date – Transformers.

Bay, who produced and directed the previous trilogy in the franchise – a trilogy that grossed over $3 billion worldwide combined – will release the first part of a new trilogy on June 27th. The redesigned reboot will showcase a revamped cast, led by established action-film star Mark Wahlberg, who previously worked with Bay on his acclaimed 2013 crime-comedy film “Pain & Gain”.

Wahlberg, who claimed that Bay’s Transformers series was “probably the most iconic franchise in movie history” while attending this year’s CinemaCon convention, has vowed that the new film, titled “Transformers: Age of Extinction”, will be the biggest movie of the year. While some might disagree with Wahlberg’s first claim, his second argument may very well prove to be accurate – box-office-wise, at least – given the fact that the previous film, 2011’s “Dark of the moon”, made more than $1.1 billion alone.


Bay, who is currently handling the film’s post-production stages, sounds enthusiastic as well. “It feels fresher with the cast”, he said in a recent break from the editing suite. “It’s like when you get the new Batman franchises, things get dressed up in a different way. I think the franchise still has a lot more to offer”.

The Paramount release, which was co-produced with two Chinese film companies and was partly shot in China with several Chinese actors (who were cast through a televised reality show talent search), is expected to do particularly well in China – a fact that would most likely benefit the film’s revenues even more.

With this project underway and the Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coming out on August 8thsummer 2014 is set out be the season of Michael Bay.


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