No More Boom Boom for Michael Bay? Yeah, Right. – UPDATED

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.



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  • The Strongest There Is…

    People need to get off his dick and stop bitching. People always talk about his lack of substance, but they go see his films, and most of them do well. Name a director that hasn’t relied on his cg, because as far as i know, IN THE MAIN STREAM, everyone does, except for Michael Mann, who will buy a 1 million dollar chopper just to blow it up. I haven’t heard anyone say anything about Timur Beckamatov(sp?) I mean, he’s called a visionary director, and i still stand by that meaning that he uses special effects for cars flipping onto buses(lame!). Dont get me wrong. I liked Wanted, but his Nightwatch daywatch movies sucked horribly, in story, but he got a deal in America off of his explosions and cool special fx. Lucas destroyed his franchise doing special fx poorly and when unnecessary. The last Indiana Jones was ruined by poor cg, But do you know why I can stand any of these movies ive listed as not liking….Its because I love movies and not every single film has to be Intellectual booming with originality. Sometimes its good enough to just have some good ol fashion escapism. But of course no one can think of that. Michael Bay just gets shat on in every reviewers thread and article and critic review. I mean honestly like I stated on the last critics article I read “Is there room for Michael Bay in the World of Christopher Nolan and the Dark Knight”.
    I honestly think whoever wrote that title should be choked out for stupidity. Michael Bay is not the worst director to ever come along. He is a great director that can do many things, but can definitely do action very well. The real title of the article should be (in a fair world) “Is there room for Ewe Boll in the World of Nolan and the Dark Knight”

  • The Strongest There Is…

    People need to get off his dick and stop bitching. People always talk about his lack of substance, but they go see his films, and most of them do well. Name a director that hasn’t relied on his cg, because as far as i know, IN THE MAIN STREAM, everyone does, except for Michael Mann, who will buy a 1 million dollar chopper just to blow it up. I haven’t heard anyone say anything about Timur Beckamatov(sp?) I mean, he’s called a visionary director, and i still stand by that meaning that he uses special effects for cars flipping onto buses(lame!). Dont get me wrong. I liked Wanted, but his Nightwatch daywatch movies sucked horribly, in story, but he got a deal in America off of his explosions and cool special fx. Lucas destroyed his franchise doing special fx poorly and when unnecessary. The last Indiana Jones was ruined by poor cg, But do you know why I can stand any of these movies ive listed as not liking….Its because I love movies and not every single film has to be Intellectual booming with originality. Sometimes its good enough to just have some good ol fashion escapism. But of course no one can think of that. Michael Bay just gets shat on in every reviewers thread and article and critic review. I mean honestly like I stated on the last critics article I read “Is there room for Michael Bay in the World of Christopher Nolan and the Dark Knight”.
    I honestly think whoever wrote that title should be choked out for stupidity. Michael Bay is not the worst director to ever come along. He is a great director that can do many things, but can definitely do action very well. The real title of the article should be (in a fair world) “Is there room for Ewe Boll in the World of Nolan and the Dark Knight”

  • Lo

    I don’t care if people shoot at M.Bay, I love his movies. Why should we limit the “good movies” world to a a movie shot in Black&White in south of China, in Mandarin, without subtitles? just because it’s boring the critics are going to say it’s a masterpiece. I don’t read critics anymore and love to watch a good explosion movie on a huge screen in theaters sometimes, I have crap at work sufficiently. Everybody’s complaining about the piracy and screener movies but movies like M.Bay does are the only ones that really are worth the money! They are the reason they came up with IMAX screens, DTS or THX sound! Thanks Michael and please continue with your awesome action movies! Who cares about the critics? the return on investment will speak for itself.

  • Lo

    I don’t care if people shoot at M.Bay, I love his movies. Why should we limit the “good movies” world to a a movie shot in Black&White in south of China, in Mandarin, without subtitles? just because it’s boring the critics are going to say it’s a masterpiece. I don’t read critics anymore and love to watch a good explosion movie on a huge screen in theaters sometimes, I have crap at work sufficiently. Everybody’s complaining about the piracy and screener movies but movies like M.Bay does are the only ones that really are worth the money! They are the reason they came up with IMAX screens, DTS or THX sound! Thanks Michael and please continue with your awesome action movies! Who cares about the critics? the return on investment will speak for itself.

  • anarchy

    pffft who cares what they say man michael bay made create movies like transformers 1 and 2 hes gotten so many viewings for those movies why not shoot for transformers 3

  • anarchy

    pffft who cares what they say man michael bay made create movies like transformers 1 and 2 hes gotten so many viewings for those movies why not shoot for transformers 3