The Hollywood Reporter recently compiled they called “Hollywood’s 20 Masters of Horror: The Twisted Talents Raising the Most Hell,” and while there are many names on there that could have easily been predicted, it begins with the blockbuster machine himself, Michael Bay. Bay’s name is more synonymous with loud flashy action flicks like the Transformers series and Armageddon, but his Platinum Dunes production company has been churning out horror remakes for a full decade now. It sounds like producing is just not enough for him anymore, though, as he has voiced his intentions of creating his own horror film in the future. Michael Bay and horror? Color me green with nauseous interest.
“I have a great fantasy,” he said, “that I will probably a make a reality – of directing my own self-financed horror movie.” So not only does he want to dive head-first into the genre, he wants to pay for it himself. Given how much money his films have made over the last 18 years, a self-funded Bay film could easily still cost around $20-40 million, but we’ll assume he’s talking about a microbudget film generally associated with The Purge co-producer Jason Blum.
While he didn’t say much else about, Bay did mention that he loves the genre because “the movie is the star,” and says “Some of my favorites include The Exorcist and The Shining. These are movies that stand the test of time.” One would hope that he takes a different route than just pumping out another possession flick or bare bones paranormal film with his project. If he wants to try and make a modern day Shining, I will sit back cackling and wildly rubbing my hands together until they catch fire.
Platinum Dunes is responsible for the unholy quartet of misguided reboots, with 2003’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 2005’s The Amityville Horror, 2009’s Friday the 13th and 2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street all being produced by the company. But they’ve branched out into other ventures over the years, with Ouija still currently in pre-production, the upcoming sci-fi indie Almanac in development and Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot due out next year.
Bay is currently in post-production on Transformers: Age of Extinction, and it's not entirely clear at this time what he plans to do next. Could this horror project come sooner than later?
I’m actually more excited about this prospect than I usually am about such ridiculous sounding ideas. But what do all of you think? Would Bay be a great addition to the genre, or was Bad Boys 2 horrific enough? Let us know in the comments?