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Michael Bay Enters His Serious, Artistic Period

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Michael Bay only makes one type of movie. While other directors like to mix things up, the "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" mastermind focuses exclusively on big tentpole films. And, honestly, why shouldn't he? With the exception of "The Island," everything he's touched has been a huge hit. But now he says he's going to do something smaller. We'll believe it when we see it.

In an interview with MTV, he was asked about doing an adaptation of "Pain & Gain," a three-part exposé in the Miami New Times that came out at the end of 1999. It's something that he hinted at doing two years ago after finishing the second "Transformers." Here's the gist of the New Times pieces:

The story revolved around a gang of local bodybuilders with a penchant for steroids, strippers, and quick cash. They later became known as Miami's Sun Gym gang and quickly developed a taste for blood and money.

Bay said "Pain & Gain" would be budgeted in the $20 million range, a pretty low figure for him. (The first "Bad Boys" had a production budget of $19 million. But that was in 1995.) When he first talked about it back in 2009, he called this his "small little movie" and compared it to "Pulp Fiction." That sounds faintly interesting from a guy whose films have just gotten bigger and bigger (and worser and worser) over time. But we're not holding our breath. As much at MTV is pumping up the fact that "Pain & Gain" will be Bay's next film, the actual interview video demonstrates that Bay just wants to make it at some point. Hell, he also wouldn't mind making another "Bad Boys." If we've learned anything about Michael Bay, you really shouldn't listen to what he says.

'Transformers' Director Michael Bay On His Next Movie, Taylor Lautner And 'Bad Boys 3' [MTV News]