After implying he’d like to try some new things, it looks as though Michael Bay won’t be directing Transformers 5… instead, opting for a new project which doesn’t involve robots of any kind.
It’s official – Michael Bay has passed up the opportunity to direct the next Transformers movie, instead opting for a far more down to earth project – the Chuck Hogan penned 13 Hours. But will it prove to be more successful than his big budget Transformers movies?
According to Variety, the 49-year-old director won’t be returning to the Transformers franchise… and will be taking on a very different challenge in his next picture.
“Bay is in early talks to direct Paramount’s ‘13 Hours’ which is based on the true story recounting the attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya, on the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11,” they explain. “Bay said in August that while the next Transformers is already dated, he would not be returning to direct.”
Of course, despite incredible box office success, Michael Bay has managed to completely avoid critical praise… but perhaps tackling a more serious subject such as this could lead to the director being taken more seriously.
Despite the more serious subject matter, 13 Hours is said to take the same high-action approach as the likes of ‘Black Hawk Down’ and Michael Bay’s very own The Rock. And while the studio is no doubt keen to keep Bay firmly immersed in the heavy action genre, it looks as though he’s finally managed to escape the Autobots and Decepticons.
Do you think 13 Hours will help repair Michael Bay’s reputation? Or should he go back to making Transformers movies? Let us know what you think in the comments below…