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Michael Bay to bring Cosmic Motors art book to the big screen

Michael Bay has a busy schedule thanks to the success of both Transformers: Age Of Extinction (which he directed and produced) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (which he produced), as both films already have sequels in the works that he’s slated to produce and — in the case of the next Transformers installment — potentially direct. The veteran filmmaker recently added one more project to the mix, and it’s a peculiar one, to say the least.

Bay and Warner Bros. have agreed to develop a film based on Cosmic Motors, artist Daniel Simon’s 2007 book of original concept art themed around futuristic vehicles. Variety reports that the team has tapped Machete Kills screenwriter Kyle Ward to pen the script for a feature based on the book.

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Subtitled “Spaceships, Cars and Pilots of Another Galaxy,” Cosmic Motors showcases nine different vehicles from “a far away galaxy called Galaxion where futuristic concepts exist in everyday life.” The book takes readers from the conceptual sketches through the final 3-D renderings of each vehicle.

A designer who has done conceptual work for Bugatti, Lamborghini, and other automobile manufacturers, Simon also served as a vehicle designer for the Tron: Uprising animated series, as well as the films Tron: Legacy and Captain America: The First Avenger. He also worked as a concept artist on Prometheus and Oblivion. Excerpts from Cosmic Motors can be found on Simon’s website.

Along with writing the screenplay for Machete Kills, Ward also penned the scripts for the upcoming Agent 47 film based on the Hitman game franchise and the oft-delayed Kane & Lynch movie based on the game franchise.