It’s hard to remember a time before the Transformers franchise, when Michael Bay was not directing movies about giant alien robots and their human allies. In fact, prior to bringing the popular toy line to the big screen – and ‘transforming’ it into a multibillion dollar enterprise – Bay played in a number of different genres, including science fiction, historical drama, action-adventure, and suspense thriller.
That said, one concept Bay has yet to explore – surprisingly – in any of his films is time travel. But seeing as he may pass on directing the fifth Transformers, it looks like that could finally change.
According to The Wrap, Michael Bay is attached to direct an adaptation of Wesley Chu’s yet-to-be-released sci-fi novel Time Salvager. Fellow Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, along with Mark Vahradian, will produce the high-concept film for Paramount.
Set in a future where the human race has been forced to abandon a dying Earth and colonize outer space, the story follows a convicted criminal who is chosen to travel back in time to save humanity from inevitable extinction. Of course, the mission goes horribly wrong when – you guessed it – the character alters history by saving a woman doomed to die. When he brings her back to the future, they both become fugitives marked for death.
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