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Michael Bay Signs First-Look Deal With Universal Pictures

Even if Ambulance disappointed at the box office, Universal Pictures has announced that Michael Bay is resurrecting his Platinum Dunes studio for a first-look deal with Universal. Bay will be directing and producing several films with Platinum Dunes at Universal Pictures. Bay recently founded Bay Films in 2018 after leaving Platinum Dunes, to which he produced Six Underground and Ambulance. However, the tides have turned after Brad Fuller and Andrew Form left Platinum Dunes in 2020.

In a statement, Universal Pictures President Pete Cramer said that “Michael Bay is not only one of the world’s preeminent directors, but together with Brad Fuller, he has established Platinum Dunes as one of the most consistently successful and innovative production companies in the industry. We are excited to welcome Michael and Brad to the Universal lot and look forward to building upon their amazing track record at Platinum Dunes for many years to come.”

Bay, on the other hand, said that “Partnering with Donna Langley, Peter, Jeff Shell and the entire team on Ambulance was a great experience, and I can’t wait to work with them on the exciting projects in the Platinum Dunes pipeline,” while Brad Fuller added to Bay’s statement, saying that “The experience we had with the Universal team on The Purge and Ouija franchises could not have been more collaborative, and we are thrilled to formalize our ongoing partnership with this new agreement.”

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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