Michael Bay is teaming up with Paramount Pictures once again to direct a new sci-fi thriller entitled Time Salvager. The project is an adaptation of Wesley Chu's novel of the same name, which centers on a much different type of story within the time travel genre. While Paramount wouldn't comment on the news, the author essentially confirmed Michael Bay coming on board on his personal website, although the entry was later deleted. Here's part of the author's excerpt from the deleted blog entry, where he comments on how quickly the project came together, praising the director and producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian.
"The speed that Mark, the president of Di Bonaventura, pushed for Paramount to close the option, and the enthusiasm Michael Bay showed in attaching to Time Salvager, has been nothing short of astounding. Often, getting this far in the process can take months, if not years. This went down in a matter of weeks. It's still going to be an uphill climb but I have complete confidence in the team that Di Bonaventura and Paramount are assembling to usher Time Salvager to the big screen."
Time Salvager centers on a criminal named James Griffin-Mars, who is selected as a candidate most ideal for time travel. He becomes part of a team that is sent back in time to help prevent the Earth's eventual collapse, with their mission to recover resources and treasure without altering the current timeline. On James' final mission, which would ensure his retirement, James meets Elise Kim, a scientist from another century, who is supposed to die during an oil rig explosion. Instead of letting her die, James brings her back to the future, turning both of them into fugitives since they altered the timeline.
The Time Salvager novel will be published on July 7. Michael Bay is currently directing the Benghazi drama 13 Hours, and he will then move on to Transformers 5 for Paramount, which is being developed by a growing group of writers lead by Akiva Goldsman, who are hatching multiple sequel and spinoff ideas at the same time. No screenwriter is attached to adapt Time Salvager yet, so it could be quite some time before it hits the big screen.