Director Michael Bay doesn't appear to be hurting for work now that he's apparently moved on for good from the Transformers franchise. Not only is he producing a live-action Dora the Explorer movie, but unnamed sources have told Variety that the action maestro is finalizing his next two movies to direct — and one of them is the long-in-development adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson's best selling 2011 sci-fi novel Robopocalyse.
The book is about an uprising of robots under the control of a sentient AI named Archos R-14 that aims to destroy human civilization and replace it with a robotic one. Steven Spielberg originally signed on to direct the film version, hiring Drew Goddard (The Martian) to write the screenplay and potentially getting Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway to star.
A 2013 release date, however, was pushed back a year and then postponed indefinitely, with Spielberg saying he wanted more time to get the script right while also citing the movie's potentially huge budget.
Well, either Spielberg forgot all about it or let the rights lapse (or both) because now Bay is in the driver's seat. It was Spielberg who as executive producer personally chose Bay to direct the first Transformers more than a decade ago, so this is the second time that the latter is sort of inheriting a project from the former. It's not known whether Bay will work with Goddard's script or commission a new one.
He'll have some time to work on it, however, because first he's making a picture titled 6 Underground, which is described as an original action tale penned by Deadpool and Life writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Details about the plot are a secret for now, but with that pair writing, we wouldn't be completely surprised if there was some sort of genre component to it.
Bay spent over 10 years of his life on the Transformers franchise, directing all five live-action films including 2017's Transformers: The Last Knight. That film's relative failure at the box office (it was the lowest grossing of the series) has put the franchise in reboot mode.
Do you think Bay is the right person to direct Robopocalypse?