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By Michael Fleming
NEW YORK (Variety) – “Pearl Harbor” director Michael Bay is pumped to shoot “Pain and Gain,” a dark film about steroid-abusing bodybuilders who engage in a campaign of kidnapping, extortion and murder in Florida.
The project will mark Bay’s first for Paramount Pictures, which optioned a series of investigative articles written by Pete Collins for the Miami New Times about the Sun Gym gang. Much as they used steroids as a shortcut to rippling pecs and six-pack abs, the gang used crime as a shortcut to the high life of fast cars, flashy clothes and strippers.
“I had been looking for a movie with the tone of ‘Fargo’ for a long time, and even though this is violent, this story has that potential,” said Bay, who also wanted to make a film with a modest budget after directing only expensive action films, such as “The Rock” and “Armageddon.”
“These guys are knuckleheads who get away with doing very bad things and committing very violent acts. They were greed-obsessed muscleheads who could never be happy with what they had, always wanting more,” Bay added.
The gang ringleaders seem a mix between the “Fargo” characters and “Saturday Night Live” duo Hans and Franz. The Sun Gym gang got away with increasingly bolder crimes, even though they were bumblers who left a trail like a caterpillar. The gang finally got caught after murdering a couple, only to discover they hadn’t properly fleeced their assets and murdered them for nothing.
Bay will likely direct a film before “Pain and Gain. Possibilities include a “Bad Boys” sequel and the Warner Bros. project “I Am Legend,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Bay will produce “Pain and Gain” with former Disney exec Donald De Line, who has a first-look deal at Paramount.
Hit Big Millions sold on debut day.
The DVD and VHS releases of Michael Bay’s PEARL HARBOR have hit big in stores. In its first day of release, combined sales for DVD and VHS were over 3 million units. In addition, the first day of DVD sales broke Buena Vista Home Entertainment’s house record recently set by SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS. Industry sources say the disc sold in excess of 1.5M. Going into the weekend, sales are expected to stay steady.
I just finished watching the “Pearl Harbor” DVDs. Real cool stuff. Awesome sound and transfer! I’ll post reviews later.
In other news, Michael Bay sued his former stockbroker Tuesday, saying the man made a sneak attack on his portfolio, defrauding the disaster filmmaker of $5 million. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, alleges Win H. Troung, a former employee of Merrill Lynch brokerage firm in Beverly Hills, engaged in excessive trading and defrauded Bay by buying and selling more than $1 billion worth of stock over a 15-month period. Read the complete article below.