Michael Bay Blasts Studio Over Transformers: ROTF Marketing
06.22.09 by BJSprecher
A scathing email from director Michael Bay to executives at Paramount Studios has leaked, complaining about the lack of marketing for this week's release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen:
You all talk so glowingly about Transformers being the movie of the summer but unfortunately this has not gotten to the public. I still run into so many people even this weekend with kids that ask "is that movie coming out this year?".
In the email, dated May 4, Bay goes on to speculate that the problem might be financial:
I cannot figure if this is a cash issue with your company? Is there some clever idea why are we not spending? I'm not sure. I'm sure the movie will do fine, but not to your internal expectations because right now we are fooling ourselves by being cocky.
In a second leaked email, dated June 6, Bay sounds conciliatory, but it's hard to tell the intended tone:
I've been working a month and a half seven days a week and wonder why I bust my ass for Paramount??
Why? Because you have treated me so well. Paramount is like family. Thank you all for busting your butts and bringing your 'A game' for the release of Transformers.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen stars Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, John Turturro, Rainn Wilson, and Josh Duhamel.