Michael Bay, the anything-he-touches-is-gold director of big-budget, rapid-edit, demolition derby films like Transformers, Bad Boys, and Armageddon, wants to make a “little” crime movie.
And he wants it to be his own version of Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction.”
The movie is to be based on a 1998 Miami New Times article called “Pain and Gain” which explored the the extortions and abductions of body building criminals in Florida.
The tagline of that news article reads: “They were local bodybuilders with a penchant for steroids, strippers, and quick cash. And they became expert in the use of a peculiar motivational tool: Torture”
It does sound a bit like “Pulp Fiction,” at least in terms of the whole aestheticization of violence thing.
Movie blog Cinemablend snidely commented on the news: “Like “Pulp Fiction” on steroids? Come on, you know that description will work its way into Bay’s pitch eventually.”
Bay wants it to be a dark comedy with a budget of just $20 million, his smallest budget to date.
And no, the film will not be shot in 3-D.
In an excerpt from “Pain and Gain” below, we have to admit it’s got the vibe of the chapter “The Gold Watch” in “Pulp Fiction,” in which the character Butch and Marsellus are captured at gunpoint and tied up, and Marsellus is sodomized. But we’re still skeptical Bay can pull off Tarantino-like “little” film.
Read the full Pain and Gain story here.