The big question on the minds of fan boys everywhere is “what is Bay working on for his pre-strike movie?” Of course, pre-strike meaning before all the guilds launch their strike mid 2008, which means he would need to start something soon for a big Summer 2009 release.
Well, you won’t get it from the dope himself, because even he isn’t sure yet.
Last week he wrote this on his blog: ‘Transformers 2?, well that’s another story. Iching to work pre-strike (June) so I might jump ship and come back a year or so later cause people at the studio have been dragging for two months. Not sure why. I’ll keep you informed.” Iching. You read that right.
So then speculation started. What will he do instead? What is this mysterious pre-strike movie he’s preparing for overblown mediocrity?
Well, IESB.net is still floating the idea that it’s Prince of Persia, a video game adaptation that already has a script and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, that is scheduled for Summer 2009. But no new news has really come from that recently and that exclusive was back in April.
Sci-Fi novelist Strieber has said recently (in an interview with Sci-Fi Wire) that Bay might be interested in directing an adaptation of his book 2012: The War for the Souls. He’s already purchased the rights to the story and plans to at least produce. But it seems to me like the built in marketing is already there for a book about the end of the world on December 21, 2012, so I doubt this will be anytime soon.
And just to confuse things, the LA Times is reporting that Spielberg/Dreamworks and Bay have signed a deal already for Transformers 2 in Summer 2009. His blog post seems to have been pulled and replaced with a link to an article that reads, “Even if [Steven Spielberg] leaves, Spielberg will remain the crown jewel of the acquisition for many years. He and director Michael Bay have signed on to make Transformers 2, scheduled to hit theaters in the summer of 2009.”
According to Cinematical, Paramount has set the release date already. June 26, 2009.
Ideally from a business perspective they would put out the Transformers sequel in two years, but logistically getting it scripted, casted, filmed, etc before the strike next year doesn’t seem feasible.
So which movie will he make next? I’m “iching” to know.