Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, produced by Michael Bay and directed by who cares, made a ton of money at the box office this weekend. Guardians of the Galaxy also broke Transformers: Age of Extinction's 10-day box office record, but T4 had that distinguished honor for a few months. Things are great if your name is Michael Bay, a guy who is currently producing a Ouija board movie and two TV shows.
USA Today did a piece on King Bay that ended with this double paragraph whammy:
The Bay streak continues with the horror film Ouija (out Oct. 24)and sci-fi thrillerProject Almanac (Jan. 30, 2015), both of which he produced, and he's working on another undisclosed TV project. Bay, 49, believes he will pass the baton for futureTransformer movies to a new director while he turns his focus elsewhere.
"There's kind of a new chapter, a new direction in movies I want to make," says Bay, who is eyeing a passion project, a documentary on elephant poaching. "I have a lot of stories to tell. And it's about flexing new muscles."
I wonder if he means actually flexing new physical muscles. For too long the deltoid has been sidelined into bit parts!
The news, in case you missed it, is Michael Bay is once again suggesting he's done with Transformers, a franchise that has been super successful for him and that could be super successful without him if he really decides he wants to try something else.
But in this day and age, someone's going to back a huge truck of money up to his house and ask him what Transformers 5 and 6 are about. Then, maybe, whatever director he gets to replace him will be just as useful a name as Jonathan Liebsman, which is to say: I still met people this weekend who thought Michael Bay directed that Turtles movie.