Michael Bay is making a new movie and it has nothing to do with Transformers. That's the good news. The better news is that it's a smaller film that's based on a really intriguing true-life story about two gym buffs who get all mixed up in a kidnapping and extortion ring. The in-between news is that, according to reports, Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg (Updated: Variety now reports that Wahlberg passed on the project) are in the mix to star in the film, titled Pain and Gain, after first appearing together in The Other Guys.
The $20 million film (the cost of each shot in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, coincidentally) is definitely considered to be low-budget for Bay; some are saying it comes with a tone compared to that of Fargo. Bay took interest in the project after coming across an article about the story in the Miami New Times (read the article here), chatting it up in between Transformers movies. Perhaps he'll jump right back into another Transformers movie after Pain and Gain (Spielberg would certainly like to see that), though we can't be the only ones who feel it's refreshing to see Bay try his hand at something smaller and meatier (literally).
What do you think? Would you rather see Bay stick to films with astronomical budgets and lots of special effects, or do you welcome the change?