Bridge between Urban & Mainstream
While on the Hong Kong set of his latest project, Transformers 4, early Thursday morning, director Michael Bay was attacked by two brothers, Variety reports. Apparently, the two men demanded HK$100,00, which is equivalent of about $12,900. One of the brothers then physically attacked Bay, who suffered minor facial injuries in the attack, and declined medical attention.
This whole story is so random and out of nowhere that it raises a few questions. The most important one being: How did the two brothers get onto the set? And why did they approach Bay specifically, and no one else working on the film? Maybe the brothers were hoping to convince Bay to cast them in a Hong Kong-set Bad Boys III? Maybe they're just taking a page from his upcoming Starz series, Pirates? Or maybe this is just a set-up for a new Michael Bay project?
No, of course not. In all seriousness, we're glad he's okay, and only wish any of these latter explanations were true to distract us from the grim, likely truth: that the two brothers saw a movie set, figured the director had some money, and attacked him for it. After all, if this was part of some other Bay movie, there would've been explosions.
Micheal bay talks about redesigning Transformer 4 below:
“We’re going to start off smaller,” explains Bay. “There’s a brand new cast. To freshen the franchise we’ve redesigned everything from top to bottom. The history of the first three movies is still there, we start four years later and there’s a reason why we’re meeting a new cast.
“Mark [Wahlberg] is really excited about it and it’s a great redesign,” continues the director. “I said that 3 was going to be my last one. Paramount was letting me do Pain & Gain and the Transformers ride was opening at Universal and it was bittersweet to think of passing it off. I wanted to set it up on a really sure footing and to bring someone else in on that, it would have been overwhelming.”
And while he’s not giving anything away in terms of plot, it’s clear that something fairly seismic has taken place in those four intervening years.
“We keep the Transformers the way they were, it’s just four years later,” he says. “There’s a reason the Transformers are redesigned. We’re trying to broaden the franchise and give it more places to go.”
Transformers 4 opens in the UK on 27 June 2014.