On March 7, Variety reported that Michael Bay’s confirmed his next two projects. No, neither one of them is DC/Warner Brother Picture’s Lobo. Bay intends to dedicate his time to action film 6 Underground and sci-fi thriller Robopocalypse.
Next Up for Michael Bay: 6 Underground
Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, 6 Underground is an original concept action film. It heads into production this summer. The screenwriting duo’s best-known for Zombieland and Deadpool. Skydance Media’s keeping all story details aren’t currently being disclosed. Bay’s also set to produce alongside Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger.
6 Underground’s slated to hit theaters Summer 2019.
Other than immediately triggering a flashback to the 1996 trip-hop song by the Sneaker Pimps, 6 Underground didn’t set off any bells and whistles. But that second project named, however, definitely made me feel some type of way…
Michael Bay Takes Over as Robopocalypse Director
Robopocalypse will be a film adaptation of New Your Times best-selling author Daniel H. Wilson’s book of the same name. Robopocalypse is a dystopian tech thriller about the Robot Wars. This project originally boasted Stephen Spielberg as producer and director. But in 2013, Spielberg scrapped the entire project telling Entertainment Weekly,
“We found that the film was costing a lot of money and I found a better way to tell the story more economically but also much more personally. I found the personal way into Robopocalypse, and so I just told everybody to go find other jobs, I’m starting on a new script and we’ll have this movie back on its feet soon.”
Wilson’s Book Feeds Directly into Our Fear of the coming Robot Overlords with Precision and Frightening Accuracy. It Needs to be a Movie!
Don’t take my word for it read part of the publisher’s official synopsis,
In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense, and communication.
And the teaser for Robopacalypse on Wilson’s webpage sets the stage for a film trailer really well:
They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies… Now they’re coming for you. When the Robot War ignites humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united.
But all I could think after seeing Robopocalypse listed as Bay’s second project was, “dear god the last thing this film needs is Bayhem.”
Me while reading the press release:
You Can Take from That, This Announcement Wasn’t Exactly Welcome News. I am Wary.
Daniel Wilson’s vicious sci-fi thriller is perfect for big budget effects and animatronics. We’re talking seriously murderous robots here. Robopacalypse pits the heart and soul of mankind against awakening machines reaching for freedom and well, everything else. These books are also packed with human stories and riddled subversive themes. This isn’t Terminator meets I, Robot.
Robopacalypse starts with the end of the war and looks backward. This isn’t a new theme in sci-fi. The whys and hows of the war are where the story really lies. This book is a difficult read because it takes awhile for events unfold enough for you to invest in it all.
The Michael Bay Effect certainly guarantees max visual impact on the big screen but it has a tendency to undermine story content and quality. I live in fear of shallow storytelling struggling to be heard over all the sound and fury. Don’t get me wrong, I have more than one Michael Bay film in my collection. I don’t hate his films.
I just know trusting him with a tech-heavy, big concept film, like Robopacalypse is just begging him to lose his damn mind.