Michael Bay to Direct Robopocalypse and 6 Underground


Now that Michael Bay is finally moving on from the Transformers franchise (as a director, at least), you might assume that he would be eager to take on something completely different. After spending a decade of his life bringing five Transformers movies to the big screen, any sane human being would want a break from giant robot carnage. But apparently old habits die hard with Bay because this week we are hearing that one of Michael Bay’s next projects will be the sci-fi action thriller Robopocalypse. He will take over from Steven Spielberg, who was previously attached to direct. Hit the jump for more details.

According to Variety, Michael Bay currently has two new projects lined up to direct. One of them is Robopocalypse, based on the 2011 book by Daniel H. Wilson about a robot uprising triggered by a sentient A.I. The other is an original action project called 6 Underground, penned by Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. Bay was also recently rumoured as a possibility to direct DC’s Lobo movie.

Not much else is known about 6 Underground, which is currently set up at Skydance Productions, but Robopocalypse is a movie that Steven Spielberg had already spent a few years developing. He put the project on hold indefinitely back in 2013 due to script and budget issues. Drew Goddard wrote the script at the time, but it is unclear if he or Spielberg will still be involved. 6 Underground is currently aiming for a summer 2019 release and Robococalypse will come after that. Are you looking forward to either of these projects?

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  • Jake

    Is there a bigger step down then going from Spielberg to Bay?

  • David

    Yes, but it’s only a short hop from Bay to Bolle.

  • Lori Cerny

    In 2028, Michael Bay will laugh gleefully when he receives his Best Director Oscar for “Transformers Redux.”