TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
MICHAEL BAY (Director/Executive Producer) is one of the
entertainment industry's most successful filmmakers, currently listed as the 4th
highest grossing director of all time. Characterized by his aggressive visual
style and high-octane action sequences that have become his cinematic signature,
the films that Bay has directed and produced via his two production companies
have grossed $5.5 billion worldwide.
His directing resume includes the films "Bad Boys" and "Bad Boys 2," both
starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence; "The Rock" starring Nicolas Cage and
Sean Connery; "Armageddon" starring Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis; "Pearl Harbor"
starring Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale; "The Island" starring Ewan
McGregor and Scarlett Johansson; as well as three "Transformers" blockbusters
starring Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro. The
franchise has grossed over $2.6 billion.
Bay's most recent film is the dark comedy "Pain and Gain." Based on a true
story, the movie stars Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie as
bodybuilding halfwits in late-90s Miami who take on a criminal enterprise of
kidnapping, extortion and murder in pursuit of the American Dream.
Bay is the founder and principal partner of Platinum Dunes with partners Brad
Fuller and Andrew Form, a production company originally conceived to give
talented commercial and video directors a chance to break into the feature
world. On July 18, the company will present "The Purge: Anarchy,"
writer/director James DeMonaco's sequel to the sleeper hit "The Purge." Made in
association with Blumhouse Productions for $3 million, the 2013 film grossed
more than $89 million worldwide.
Next up Platinum Dunes will release the highly anticipated "Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles," starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett and William Fichtner for
Paramount this August 8, and the thriller "Ouija," slated for October 2014 from
At present the company also has two television series in production: Starz's
pirate action adventure "Black Sails," starring Tobey Stephens, Hannah New, Zach
McGowan and Luke Arnold, currently being filmed in Cape Town, South Africa; and
TNT's "The Last Ship," starring Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra and Adam Baldwin, set to
premiere on June 22, 2014.
A graduate of Wesleyan University and Art Center College of Design, Bay has
won virtually every major award in the commercial industry, including Cannes'
Golden Lion, the Grand Prix Clio, and the Directors Guild of America's
Commercial Director of the Year award. His "Got Milk?" campaign resides in the
permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art.
An L.A. native, Bay now resides in Miami, Florida.
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