Saturday, 13 September 2014

Michael Bay developing Cosmic Motors

Whether or not Michael Bay ends up directing the next Transformers instalment, high concept science fiction vehicles are clearly still a part of his future. Variety have announced recently the creator of Bayhem is currently in the process of setting up Cosmic Motors at Warner Bros, a film based on Daniel Simon's book of lavish concept art. Kyle Ward, who wrote Machete Kills (2013) and the new Hitman movie Agent 47, has been tasked with creating the screenplay.

Ward will also need to come up with a narrative on which to hang it, since Cosmic Motors in book form is more about concept than it is story. Simon has worked as a car designer for Lamborghini and Bugatti, as well as on recent projects like Disney XD Series Tron: Uprising, Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Oblivion (2013). His book imagines "spaceships, pods, race cars, giant trains, warships and balloons from various planets of the Galaxion system... from concept to completion" via beautifully realised sketches and 3D modelling.

There's already a universe in place: the text alongside the pictures alludes to racing syndicates, organised crime, and disasters happening during test flights, and the images show environments from streets to swamplands to ice plateaus. There are also potential characters in pilots and inventors like the Redua brothers and the Alfred & Dietmer Engineering Company. Ward certainly has the necessary ingredients: he now has to turn them into something delicious.

There's no director attached or planned start date as yet, but if you want to know more, Cosmic Motors is published by Titan Books.

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