Like all big budget, blockbuster directors, when you ask him what he’d like to be doing Michael Bay is quick to tell you how much he wishes he could do a smaller film. George Lucas has been saying that for twenty years, and somehow he still hasn’t actually made anything. So when Bay told the world a few years ago that he was going to make a little crime movie in the vein of Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, no one took him seriously. Except, now, maybe he really is doing it.

Whatever Bay does next it seems certain that it won’t be another Transformers movie. No matter how much money Dark of the Moon makes it seems clear that everyone involved is getting a little tired of doing them. Shia LaBeouf has already confirmed that he won’t be back and while Bay hasn’t exactly ruled out another one, it seems increasingly clear that he’s on to other things as well.

Talking to MTV he promises that he’s really doing that little movie. It’s based on a 1998 Miami News Times article called “Pain and Gain” in which the exploits of a group of body building criminals is detailed. Like Pulp Fiction on steroids? Come on, you know that description will work its way into Bay’s pitch eventually.

Michael’s also still talking about doing a Bad Boys 3 if he can get Martin Lawrence and Will Smith back together. But what he’s not talking about, what nobody’s talking about, is doing Transformers 4. If it happens, expect it to be a long way off.

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