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Steven Spielberg told Michael Bay to stop making Transformers movies

ByJohn Y. White

Apr 9, 2022

Michael Bay had the opportunity to continue making one blockbuster after another when he called the shots for the Transformers movies. However, it seems that even he regrets the length of his involvement in the franchise, which Steven Spielberg advised against.

Bay, whose new movie Ambulance just hit theaters, reflecting on his time directing the Transformers movies from 2007 to 2017. Like any director in Hollywood, he was just trying to make entertaining movies. For what it’s worth, no matter how good they are, no one can deny that the films Bay directed are visual spectacles. Yet, looking back, Bay wishes he had stopped sooner despite the fun he had doing them and the financial success.


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“It was a fun experience. It made more than [$709 million], that’s a lot of movie tickets and a lot of people who saw it,” Bay said in an interview with Unilad. “I’ve done too much. Steven Spielberg said, “Stop at three”. And I said I would stop. The studio begged me to do a fourth, and it made a billion too. And then I said I’m going to stop there. And they begged me again. I should have stopped. They were fun to do.” Although they weren’t well received by critics, Bay said he puts his passion into each project like he would any film. “I’m passionate about all the movies i make pain and gain for 13 hours. I like to go from big to small, you want to start from the same.”

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It’s pretty easy to see why Bay has regrets years later. Despite the franchise’s success, Bay’s name began to become a joke among moviegoers. the Transformers the movies were considered pure popcorn movies with very little substance when Bay was at the helm. They were cutting edge in action, but downright laughable when it came to characters and dialogue. Bay’s comments seem to imply that he understands that while the action was honored, not much else was.

So now comes Bay’s next movie, Ambulancewhich is billed as a crime thriller but doesn’t appear to have the same CGI glasses as Bay’s previous Transformers movies. Sure, there’s going to be a lot of action, which is probably why they chose Bay to direct, but this project looks like Bay is trying new things, or at least something relatively new like exploring character dynamics and the black and white. It may be this film that will earn some respect under the Bay name when it comes to the non-CGI aspect of filmmaking.

It tended to happen. Forward Joaquin Phoenix Joker, Todd Phillips was mostly considered a comedic filmmaker. The next thing fans know is that it’s nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay at the Oscars. Little was known about how Jon Favreau would handle Iron Man given that his most well-known previous credits were Elf and Zathura. Now, he’s credited with spearheading the superhero film revolution. Based on his background, the odds that Bay will change moviegoers’ perception of him with Ambulance are not in his favor, but at least he makes the effort. It’s pretty brave.

Ambulance now playing in theaters and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts in theaters June 9, 2023.

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Source: Unilad

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