Regardless of what you think of Michael Bay as a director, I think we can all agree on one point — the guy comes across as a bit of an asshole. He’s both arrogant and hot-headed, and he seems to enjoy posting things on his personal blog in order to ruffle some feathers, only to retract them a couple days later. A while back Goon sent me a news story about a rant that Bay wrote criticizing Transformers producers Don Murphy and Tom DeSanto for trying to take creative credit for the movie. He put the post up on his personal blog and then thought better of it a day later and took it down again. I didn’t post about it at the time because it seemed a bit too gossipy, but now it’s becoming clear that Bay enjoys running his mouth without having to back up his words.
A couple of days ago he put up another rant on his website’s message board, voicing his concerns about Paramount’s decision to go exclusive to HD-DVD. “I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For them to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks! They were progressive by having two formats. No Transformers 2 for me!” Like a little baby who wasn’t getting his way, he threatened to pull out of Transformers 2. Now it seems that cooler heads have prevailed once again. In a new blog post, Bay explains that he had been having dinner with some Blu-ray execs the night before, and at 1:30 in the morning decided to make a rash post. Now he’s taking it all back: “So today I saw 300 on HD-DVD, it rocks! So I think I might be back on to do Transformers 2!”
While it’s sometimes nice to see filmmakers being passionate and speaking their mind without pulling any punches, in the case of Bay, he just comes across as both a bully and a drama queen. I’m sure I’m not the only one who would actually like to see him follow through with his Transformers 2 threat. What do you think, did Bay have a right to be upset about the HD-DVD exclusivity? And would you care if he refused to direct Transformers 2?