So yesterday, people were giving credit to Michael Bay (director of Transformers) for “standing up to Paramount” after their decision to back HD DVD instead of both Blu-Ray and HD DVD. He was quoted as saying “I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For them to deny people who have Blu-Ray sucks! They were progressive by having two formats. No Transformers 2 for me.”
In the blink of an eye, he’s done a 180 and retracted the statement above. His latest blog entry says:
Last night at dinner I was having dinner with three Blu-Ray owners, they were pissed about no Transformers Blu-Ray and I drank the kool aid hook line and sinker. So at 1:30 in the morning I posted – nothing good ever comes out of early am posts mind you – I over reacted. I heard where Paramount is coming from and the future of HD and players that will be close to the $200 mark which is the magic number. I like what I heard.
As a director, I’m all about people seeing films in the best quality possible, and I saw and heard firsthand people upset about a corporate decision.
So today I saw 300 on HD-DVD, it rocks!
So I think I might be back on to do Transformers 2!
Something must have happened between now and then, and I really don’t think it was simply the fact that he saw 300 on HD DVD and it rocked. Considering how much money he got paid to direct Transformers, I don’t think he’d really want to miss out on Transformers 2. Either that or someone that’s above him put him in line.
Unfortunately for Bay, he just made a complete fool out of himself. This is one of those instances where it would have been wise if he had thought this through before he went and took a stand and said there would be no Transformers 2. And all this happened in less than 24 hours. Yikes!