Michael Bay has been very busy since giving us one of the worst installments in the Transformers franchise. The director went from Los Angeles to Italy to the United Arab Emirates to shoot the action movie starring Ryan Reynolds, and now he’s delivered the first trailer for 6 Underground, a movie about six billionaires who form a vigilante squad after faking their deaths, all so they can take down some of the most notorious criminals at large. If they simply called this movie 6 Batmans, they’d probably make $6 billion.
While it doesn’t look quite as self-indulgent as some of Michael Bay’s movies, the level of action you expect from the director of The Rock, Armageddon and Bad Boys is certainly on display here. It’s basically Netflix’s version of Mission: Impossible, with an ensemble team surrounding Ryan Reynolds, but with Michael Bay never letting the camera stop moving and some lame jokes sprinkled throughout. But again, at least the action looks spectacular, especially if you like jumping off high buildings.
6 Underground is meant to be the start of a franchise at Netflix, though it’s not clear if Bay intends to be at the helm of every film in the franchise, just as he did with Transformers. It’s kind of crazy to think that Bay has only directed Pain & Gain and 13 Hours outside of the Transformers franchise. But we’re glad that he’s back doing something a little more original, and hopefully it delivers something as fun as his previous directorial efforts.
This also marks the first collaboration between Skydance Media and Netflix for an event level feature film and the first Netflix project for both Michael Bay and Ryan Reynolds. If all goes well, maybe Skydance will start making more tentpole size movies with the streaming service.
After you’ve blown up planets, asteroids, Alcatraz, and most of the box office, what’s left? Netflix. Michael Bay is the latest Hollywood filmmaker to take his talents to the streaming giant, but he appears to not be skimping on the firepower that’s marked his studio films. For his first foray into the streaming world, “6 Underground,” Bay has assembled a crackerjack team and, yes, plenty of explosions to aid them in their quest to, what else?, take down bad guys and look cool while doing it.
The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Mélanie Laurent, Dave Franco, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Adria Arjona, Corey Hawkins, and Ben Hardy. “6 Underground” was written by Reynolds' “Deadpool” screenplay collaborators Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese and follows six billionaires who fake their own death and team up to take down bad guys as an elite action squad. In a pair of tweets posted Tuesday morning, Reynolds announced the film’s December 13 release date and shared a first-look “digital” trailer of a movie he lovingly calls “How Michael Bay Stopped Worrying and Love Explosions More.”
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These days, the streaming giant is betting big on massive action films, and a report from earlier this year held that the company was spending millions upon millions on their next range of things-that-go-boom films, with Bay’s film reportedly costing $150 million with a new feature starring The Rock was priced at $200 million.
One reason why the streamer is so hellbent on spending cash on the kind of films that normally dominate the multiplex: “6 Underground” is expected to launch a new action franchise for Netflix. The budget suggests Netflix is hopeful that mixing Bay's trademark bombast with the “Deadpool” team's raunchy humor will be a recipe for success. Skydance Media is producing the film with Netflix.
The film will hit Netflix on December 13 no word yet on a possible theatrical release, and you can check out both Reynolds’ predictably cheeky tweet about the feature and the appropriately explosion-filled first trailer below.
Warm up those DVD players because we're coming to a mailbox near you, December 13th! #6Underground 💥 pic.twitter.com/FL3DCGgkX7
— Ryan Reynolds @VancityReynolds October 1, 2019
Apparently @netflix now has a ‘digital’ arm, so you don’t have to rewind at the end. Anyway, here’s the ‘digital’ trailer for #6Underground A.K.A. “How Michael Bay Stopped Worrying and Love Explosions More.” #digital pic.twitter.com/UcuDYCqpyJ
Surprise, surprise, Micael Bay isn't leaving the action genre behind anytime soon. The explosion-aficionado is set to direct an action flick titled Black 5 for Sony. There have been no plot details revealed yet, but it is reportedly being developed as a video game as well, as many of Bay's movies are.
The story derives from an original idea from Michael Bay, and the mysterious screenplay comes from Ehren Kruger The Ghost in the Shell. Bay and Kruger previously worked on the scripts for the Transformers sequels together. While the men behind the Benghazi film 13 Hours, Bay and Erwin Stoff, will also serve as producers on Sony's new high action film.
Michael Bay is most known for his high-action, explosion laden movies. Viewers can count on strong patriotism, 360 tracking shots, stuntmen flying through the air and a big budget when Bay's behind the camera. His prodigal property, Transformers, is one of the biggest franchises worldwide. Overall, domestic numbers have dropped for the franchise substantially, but it continues to turn in strong worldwide numbers. The highest earning film in the franchise, Transformers: Dark of the Moon starring Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Tyrese Gibson, pulled in $1.1 billion worldwide, and the lowest performing under Bay's direction was the most recent Transformers: The Last Knight with $605.4 million worldwide. The spinoff film Bumblebee saw modest earnings under director Travis Knight with Bay as producer. Despite positive critical and fan response, the studio insists the next one will have more "Bay-isms."
Crew members report Bay's directorial style as being improvisational. One member was featured in the behind the scenes material for one of the Transformers films recounting a scene in which the entire area of the city needed to be cleared and prepped for production because Bay likes to have his options open, changing shots and direction in the moment as his crew waits on standby.
Bay's other directing credits include Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys, The Island, Pain & Gain and 13 Hours. He is currently in post-production for the Netflix film 6 Underground starring Ryan Reynolds. The action flick will be Bay's first project financed and distributed by the streaming service and is expected to launch next year. He's also currently working on the very derivatively titled Robopocalypse, a sci-fi thriller based on a novel by Daniel H. Wilson. The film is written by Drew Goddard and is set in the aftermath of a robot uprising.
The studio behind Black 5 has no comment as of yet about the project. Sony has a wide range of films coming down the pipeline. Their upcoming slate includes a Little Women adaptation, the revival sequel Zombieland: Double Tap, the Charlie's Angels remake from Elizabeth Banks, The Angry Birds Movie 2, Jumanji: The Next Level which is a follow-up to Dwayne Johnsons breakthrough blockbuster, the highly anticipated continuation of buddy-cop comedy starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence Bad Boys for Life, and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood featuring Tom Hanks as everybody's favorite neighbor Mr. Rogers.
Production on Black 5 is expected to begin in early 2020. This news comes to us directly from Variety.
em>Perpetual Grace, LTD‘s Damon Herriman has booked a key recurring role on Amazon’s Underground Railroad, Barry Jenkins' adaptation of Colson Whitehead's bestselling novel. The story centers on young Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Herriman will play Martin, a station agent for the underground railroad in North Carolina. Herriman co-stars as Paul Allen Brown on Perpetual Grace, LTD. He also can currently be seen in the role of Charles Manson in both Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and Mindhunter. Herriman is repped by APA, Art/Work Entertainment and LMCM in Australia. strong>Catherine Haena Kim Major Crimes is set for a recurring role on the upcoming fifth season of HBO’s Ballers. Created by Stephen Levinson, Ballers explores the glamorous and often cutthroat world of pro football through a group of past and present players striving to stay in the game. It stars Dwayne Johnson as ex-superstar Spencer Strasmore, who has reinvented himself as a financial manager for today's players. Cast also includes series regulars John David Washington, Rob Corddry, Omar Benson Miller, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, London Brown and Brittany S. Hall. Kim will play Kate, who joins Joe Rob Corddry and Lance Russell Brand at their Sports X venture. Kim recently recurred on Major Crimes and had guest-starring roles on 9-1-1 and Magnum P.I., among other credits. She’s repped by Industry Entertainment and Pakula/King & Associates.
When our freedom was under attack, one battle would turn the tide. Watch the new teaser trailer for #MidwayMovie now. In theaters on November 8. pic.twitter.com/NE8Fsz4PZi
— Midway Movie @MidwayMovie June 27, 2019
Lionsgate hired Roland Emmerich, best known for heavy-handed disaster movies like Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, to helm a WWII picture. The studio knew exactly what they were going to receive, and this Midway trailer reveals Emmerich did not stray from his usual formula. He appears to toss in enough explosives to make Michael Bay crush a La Croix can with envy, and the movie includes in plenty of dialogue “today, we prove the American Navy isn’t a joke” that will satisfy folks who are looking for counterprogramming on a November release date when Oscar movies will also start to surface.
The film zeroes in on the June 1942 Battle of Midway, where U.S. soldiers and pilots attempt to sway the war’s course following the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Nick Jonas plays a sailor and Ed Skrein a pilot while Patrick Wilson steps in as Edwin Layton, an intelligence officer and U.S. Navy rear admiral who says stuff like “Washington is wrong” while trying to prove that the next target is indeed the Midway Atoll. Wilson is proven correct, as the trailer shows, and Emmerich’s audience catches a preview all the crash-boom visuals and sounds that one would expect.
Midway‘s cast includes Woody Harrelson, Dennis Quaid, Luke Evans, Mandy Moore, Darren Criss, Etsushi Toyokawa, Tadanobu Asano, and Alexander Ludwig. The movie arrives on November 8, and here’s a smoke-filled poster.