Michael Bay Hires Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg To Punch Up Pain & Gain

By Sean O'Connell 2012-03-06 06:40:17discussion comments
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What’s this? A Michael Bay movie currently in pre-production needs script revisions?! And here I thought the blockbuster director barely used screenplays. But it appears Bay’s first non-Transformers feature in quite a while, Pain & Gain, has a script that needs a punch up, and so Scott Rosenberg has been brought on board to make a few revisions.

THR reports that Rosenberg will polish Bay’s shooting script, which follows two Miami bodybuilders who dabbled in kidnapping and extortion but saw their criminal “empire” come to a convoluted close when things go awry. Comparisons have been made between this based-on-true-events story and the Coen Brothers’ Fargo, which sounds fantastic … if Bay can pull it off.

He’ll have Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as his lunkheaded weight lifters, which is a good start. And Bay has surrounded his leads with legitimate talent, including Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker), Ed Harris (The Rock), Tony Shalhoub and, of course, Israeli supermodel Bar Paly. This is a Bay film, after all.

But Pain might not be a typical Bay film, and that’s probably where Rosenberg comes in. In addition to having a sliver of the budget of, say, a Bay Transformer film, Gain will try to place more emphasis on character development. Rosenberg’s writing credits include High Fidelity, Imposter and Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead. Then again, he also penned (or helped pen) Kangaroo Jack and the empty-headed action pics Gone In Sixty Seconds and Con Air. Which means he’d be perfect if Pain were a Nic Cage joint. But it’s not, so we’ll have to wait and see how things turn out.
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