Michael Bay to Direct ‘Robopocalypse’ & ‘6 Underground’

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Michael Bay has lined up two films to direct next.

The filmmaker, known for Bad Boys, Armageddon, The Rock and the Transformers franchise, has lined up an action film and a sci-fi adaptation for his next projects. According to Variety, Bay will be directing 6 Underground first and will follow it up with Robopocalypse, based on Daniel H. Wilson’s novel of the same name.

6 Underground is to be an action film spawned from an original idea by Deadpool and Deadpool 2 writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, who will both be on board as executive producers. Bay will produce the film alongside Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger.

“Throughout his career Michael Bay has been unparalleled in creating global theatrical events,” Ellison, CEO of Skydance Media, said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have this amazing team come together, bringing their unique style and vision to the movie.”

There aren’t any plot details available for 6 Underground, which Bay will start shooting around mid this year for a release expected in mid 2019.

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Robopocalypse has been circling a start for a while now. Steven Spielberg was attached to direct for sometime, but he couldn’t quite get to it due to scheduling issues. As with the Transformers franchise, Spielberg is giving Bay the reins.

The acclaimed sci-fi novel tells of what unfolds after a computer scientist accidentally unleashes a supremely intelligent sentient A.I., which becomes self-aware and immediately starts planning the elimination of human civilisation.

Bay most recently helmed Transformers: The Last Knight, which earned a respectable $US605 million worldwide but was the lowest-grossing of Bay’s Transformers films. Bay is finally stepping away from the series after five films. Bumblebee is up next for the franchise, with Kubo and the Two Strings helmer Travis Knight directing.

It’s safe to assume that these two projects means that Bay will not be directing DC movie Lobo.

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