File this one under the category of, “I’ll believe it when I see it with my own eyes.” According to the site WENN (via IMDB.com), explosions master Michael Bay, who once touted his need for awesome explosions in his everyday life in a Verizon commercial, has grown tired of movies filled with explosions and giant battling robots ala the “Transformers” franchise. The impetus for this change of heart? Apparently The Bay is tired of critics skewering him for the lack of substance and over reliance on explosions in his films.
Says The Bay:
“It’s easy to go shoot an art movie in a winery in the South of France. But people have no idea how hard it is to create something like Transformers. They (the critics) review me before they’ve even seen the movie.”
He goes on:
“After the three and a half years I’ve spent making these movies, I feel like I’ve had enough of the Transformers world. I need to do something totally divergent, something without any explosions.”
WENN took that to mean Bay is determined to leave the Transformers franchise, and would not direct a third movie should the studio greenlight one.
Again, I’ll believe this when I see it. Not that I don’t think Michael Bay can’t put away the explosions and battling robots for a small movie, but why would he want to? It’s like Michael Jordan giving up basketball to try his hand at baseball. WTF? And yes, I just compared Bay to Jordan. When it comes to, you know, movies with explosions, and such. (Plus their first names are both Michael.)
Below: No more awesome explosions for Bay? Say it ain’t so.
Update: Bay responds via his official message board:
Love press how they spin. Never said it – just wanted a vacation is more to the point. And no I don’t read the good or the bad reviews.
Eh, WENN some, lose some.