How many childhood memories can Michael Bay ruin?
Side note: Thank you, Chris, for that featured image.
That’s right, Bay is set to produce a live-action Dora the Explorer film. I think this proves, once and for all, that Paramount only cares about money. After Bay mutilated Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, we got the final travesty of Transformers: The Last Knight. I had hoped we’d seen the end of his evil… I was wrong. Terribly, horribly wrong.
The only somewhat okay Transformers film was the first one. His TMNT adaptations weren’t even as good as that. I don’t know what makes Paramount think this is a good idea. Oh… right the money. This sure is looking bad for Dora.
On the bright side, Dora’s universe is a lot more playful and colorful than any of the franchises he’s screwed up before. They literally break the fourth wall every episode. There is a chance the movie will embrace all the elements that made the show special.
Luckily Bay is only producing the film. Buuut he also only produced the TMNT movies. Nicholas Stoller, the writer of 2011’s Muppets, is directing the film. There just may be some light at the end of that tunnel, tainted though it may be. Dora will be a teenager in the movie so it’s a sequel to Dora and Friends: Into the City. Supposedly, the film will follow Dora as she moves to the big city in order to live with Diego. At least this doesn’t sound that bad, In theory. (Chris Note: Um… barring the whole EXPLORER part).
This movie could be good. Although Bay does carry a stigma with him that seems to spell doom for adaptations. We won’t know for sure until we get some substantial information on it. So far that is all the information we have. Hopefully, it will be a faithful (or at least fun) adaptation, unlike Bay’s other projects.
Paramount has since clarified that Bay, himself, is not attached to the project. He is connected to it only through his production company, which is overseeing it.