Michael Bay has smashed up Transformers, put bullets into various parts of Florida more than once, saved the world from disaster with astronauts and made one of the best Alcatraz movies. So maybe it makes sense that he’s going to try and stop Hitler on film.
The Wrap reports that His Bay-ness has signed on to produce and develop as a possible directorial vehicle, “Sabotage: A Genius Scientist, His Band of Young Commandos, and the Mission to Kill Hitler’s Super Bomb,” based on a book proposal by Neil Bascombe. It’s based on the true story of a group of ragtag Norwegians who go on a suicide mission to try and stop Hitler and his plans for a nuclear bomb. That’s the short version, here’s the long one:
Set in 1942, the story follows a brilliant scientist who flees the Gestapo to inform the Allies that the Nazis are secretly developing a nuclear program at an industrial fortress called Vermork deep in the mountainous expanse of Norway’s Telemark region. Knowing that Hitler gaining nuclear capabilities would be unthinkably catastrophic, the Allies assemble a fearless team of nine Norwegian refugee commandos to infiltrate the Nazi-occupied country. In an apparent suicide mission, this team must brave the arctic landscape and pull off an impossibly daring assault on Vermork, which sits perched on impenetrable, icy cliffs. With little more than parachutes, skis, tommy guns, and explosives, the team is the Allies’ only hope to halt Hitler’s nuclear ambitions, and their adventure is one of WWII most thrilling, action-packed tales.
So yeah, cool idea we suppose, though Bay is not the right guy at all for this. Even with what was supposed to be his little “Fargo“-esque indie movie, Bay infused “Pain & Gain” with all the jacked up visuals, Victoria’s Secret model laden tricks and explosions he’s known for in his bigger productions. Nuance is not a word he’s familiar with. But perhaps his approach is better suited to another genre entirely.
“I have a great fantasy — that I will probably make a reality — of directing my own self-financed horror movie,” Bay recently told Shock Til You Drop. “I love this genre because the movie is the star.” We’re not sure what that last part means exactly, but whatever.
Either way, before you see Bay’s take on the nuclear Hitler movie, check out this 1992 BBC documentary that gives all the background you’ll need.