Michael Bay has a few films due in theaters this year, as a director with Transformers: Age of Extinction and as a producer with the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot and The Purge: Anarchy. But he’s already lining up one of his next projects for Paramount Pictures. Bay is the type of filmmaker that is always busy with a project, whether as a director or a producer. Unlike his presentation for Samsung during CES earlier this year, Bay doesn’t back out of the spotlight when it comes to making movies.
According to THR, Bay will be working on a “science adventure thriller with an undersea component” for Paramount Pictures and his production company Platinum Dunes. At the moment, there are no plot details or even an official title available. Bay will be working with his producing partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form on the project, with screenwriters Tom Wheeler and Robbie Thompson handling the writing. At the moment, it’s unclear if Bay will direct or only produce the movie.
From how the project is described, it sounds like this might be Bay’s version of James Cameron’s The Abyss, a science fiction movie that takes place mostly underwater. Bay and Cameron are closely tied together as directors and producers, as both filmmakers make giant movies that appeal to a mass audience. At times, it even feels like Michael Bay is following James Cameron’s career path, in terms of movie releases: Cameron made Titanic, then Bay followed suit with Pearl Harbor a few years later.
Tom Wheeler wrote the DreamWorks animated film Puss in Boots (the Shrek spinoff movie), and he also wrote and created the short-lived superhero show The Cape (six seasons and a movie!) with Robbie Thompson for NBC. Thompson also wrote episodes of Supernatural for The CW. Meanwhile, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form have produced the movies for Platinum Dunes, such as the remakes of A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Friday the 13th. Platinum Dunes is also produced the upcoming time travel flick Welcome to Yesterday (formerly known as Almanac), which has yet to receive a release date.
At the moment, Bay is getting together the last elements of Transformers: Age of Extinction. The sequel takes place in Chicago, four years after the events of Dark of the Moon and involves a new set of characters, including inventor Cade Yaeger (Mark Wahlberg) and his family, who discover “a buried Transformer [that] sets the stage for the return of the rest of the Transformers.” Transformers 4 also stars Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Sophia Myles, T.J. Miller, Victoria Summer, Titus Welliver, Kelsey Grammer, and Peter Cullen.
Transformers: Age of Extinction opens in theaters everywhere on June 27, 2014, in 3D and IMAX. As for the new untitled Michael Bay project, Paramount has yet to announce a release date, but we’ll keep you posted when the information is available.