Michael Bay was so unhappy about Paramount and DreamWorks' decision to back HD-DVD that he declared "No Transformers 2 for me!" on his personal Web forum. According to Variety, the deal garnered the studios financial incentives valued at a reported $150 million.
Bay continued his statement by saying, "I want people to see my movies in the best formats possible. For them to deny people who have Blu-ray sucks!" After talking with executives at Paramount, Bay recounted his previous statement.
He said, "Last night, 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 a.m. posts mind you -- I overreacted. 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 first-hand people upset about a corporate decision."