I’ve always found it interesting how dark the Transformers films have gotten. The very first movie, I felt, was a great mixture between fun adventure, and hard-hitting action, but after that film hit, it’s like they felt the need to get dark fast. It’s as if they felt all credibility with their audience would collapse if they didn’t make the films more serious than their source material.
Well, it turns out that the finished products we got there — as well as the upcoming Transformers: The Last Knight — weren’t nearly as “mature” as at least one of the projects pitched to Michael Bay. Speaking with Screen Rant, Bay mentioned an interesting project that was pitched to him.
Michael Bay: There’s actually one idea that would be really fun R-rated. With Bumblebee. I don’t wanna say what, but it would be really fun. It could be fun. Very Quentin [Tarantino].
Follow-Up Question: Do you think you would ever be allowed to push beyond PG-13? With Hasbro…
Bay: No, because Hasbro. I mean, you can’t really.
Eesh. I can’t really imagine what to expect from an R-rated Bumblebee film. At the bare minimum, it seems they’d likely up both the sex angle and the number of choice four-letter words, as the films are already pretty darn violent as it is (minus the gore angle).
Of course, we can’t really take this story at face value. While Bay did mention this project in the interview, there’s a good chance that this was some tangent the writers went off on during the Writers Room process. After all, the property they’re dealing with is one that belongs to Hasbro, and they had to know they could only get so far with an idea like that.
Regardless, it’s fun to imagine the type of project we could have gotten out of it — with Bumblebee getting most of his phrases from Sirius XM talk radio.
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SOURCE: Screen Rant