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Michael Bay To Produce GIDEON'S SWORD!!

Merrick here...
Paramount has optioned a forthcoming novel called GIDEON'S SWORD. Michael Bay, ejector of Foxes, will produce their film adaptation through his Bay Films banner.
"Sword" is the first novel in a new Gideon Crew series written by the team of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, scheduled to be published in February by Grand Central Publishing.
...says Variety HERE. Preston and Child previously authored FEVER DREAM, available HERE. They also wrote the book THE RELIC, on which...that movie...was based. Little is known about the GIDEON'S SWORD book at this time, other than it's probably a techno-thriller involving a character named Gideon Crew. TheWrap says GS...
... apparently a spin-off from Child and Preston's popular FBI Agent Pendergast series, which features the brash, young upstart Crew, who Grand Central Publishing executive editor Jaime Levine said "deserves his own series."
Not to to be published until early next year, GIDEON'S SWORD is now available for pre-order HERE.
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  • May 25, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    My Uncle once had sex with a lady

    by BumLove

    True story.

  • May 25, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    A film we know virtually nothing about, and nothing to tell us.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Apart from it's being made. Uh, thanks.

  • May 25, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    I'm confused

    by Kavalier

    The headline reads as if we know the material. Am I missing something? Is this an old character in a new book? The double exclamation points really throw me off.

  • May 25, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Let the Bay-Hate...commence!

    by Magnus Greel

  • May 25, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    I used to wonder why a Pendergast film was never created

    by moondoggy2u

    And then I realized there have been literally dozens upon dozens of Pendergast stories and films. <p>But for some reason they keep titling them "Sherlock Holmes."

  • May 25, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST




  • May 25, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST


    by Mr Soze

    He's a fucking petterass dude

  • May 25, 2010, 9:55 a.m. CST

    should of phrased it as a question

    by Pancho_Villa

    Michael Bay to Produce GIDEON'S SWORD???

  • May 25, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Hey geeks!!!

    by Mr Soze

    Should I rent The Road tonight while my wife watches Idol??? I liked the book but I live in Butt-Fuck Idaho and it never came around to my local Butt-Fuck movie theater.

  • May 25, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Here, I'll get us started...

    by Horned One

    I really LOVED both Transformer movies, though the second one was the better movie.

  • May 25, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    Bay Sucks

    by neodelrio

  • May 25, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    Hurry up with Bad Boys 3!

    by Fuck The Napkin

    The erection Bad Boys 2 gave me is starting to go down.

  • May 25, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    I loved what he did with Pearl Harbor...

    by I_shot_Cyrus

    Can't wait to see what he does with this novel.

  • May 25, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    So um... what's it about?

    by DrGoodspeed

    I need a new movie news site.

  • May 25, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Is this a rocky racoon movie?

    by Bathman

    Gideon's bible must be defended by gideon's sword

  • May 25, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    So Gideon's Sword will suck. Thanks Bay.

    by BilboRing

    Anything he touches sucks. I wouldn't pay him to film a college news sports report.

  • May 25, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Fuck the Napkin

    by amitech25

    please tell me there is at least a hint of sarcasm in that Bad Boys 2 comment. But you never know, correct me if im wrong but Bay has never done a third movie in a franchise so maybe his Bad Boys and Transformers threequels will improve on the god awful sequels. If Bay can show some restraint, drop some of that ego, and not cut and edit a scene every 3 seconds than we could actually get some decent if not forgettable popcorn flicks.

  • May 25, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Does anyone like Mikey Bay here?

    by umbral_shadow_

    Jack Slater 4 yelps "I do!" Does anyone hate Mikey Bay here? **a tsunami wave of metaphorical hands go up**

  • May 25, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST


    by 2007

    have you seen Crank 2? it's like all the hyperbole applied to bay film actually exists in the crank films. Yet they get praise.

  • May 25, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST


    by amitech25

    i know i just dont get it. Rotten Tomatoes has Crank at 60%. I can't fucking believe it.

  • May 25, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Crank and crank 2 are fucking awesome

    by Bathman

    exactly wahat a brainless action movie should be, no underlying meaning or hidden emotion, just some crazy shit happening for 90 minutes. Those guys also did gamer which did have a bit more of a message on society but it was all kinds of bugnuts fun

  • May 25, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Mickey Bay to produce his own gay porno

    by AsimovLives

  • May 25, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    "Does anyone like Mikey Bay here?"<br><br>The retards do.

  • May 25, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    So...not a Bible epic about wet fleece, water drinking...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...styles, and smashing crockery?

  • May 25, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST


    by amitech25

    admittedly Crank was watchable at BEST. but Crank 2 sucked. Cmon man you know it to be true. Those movies are like a fucked up incoherent lsd trip of which the likes of even Tony Scott can't come close to.

  • May 25, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Who the fuck cares about what Bay does?

    by ominus

    come on Harry.its obvious that you almost post news that are going to stir the geeks here and gain more site clicks.Paul WS Anderson news,Abrams news,3D news,etc.its like in the whole Holywood only 10 creators exist.I am reading right now and it has a lot of other news which are never going to be seen here simply because they are not sufficient to create hot taklbacks.anyway.

  • May 25, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST

    As opposed to SWORD OF GIDEON

    by Squashua

    Which was one of HBO's first vehicles :<br><br> It is much better than MUNICH, which is based on the same story.

  • May 25, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Are they expecting this to help sell...

    by Jaka

    ...the book? I find that kind of interesting, but I don't like Bay so I won't be participating in that little experiment.

  • May 25, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Why does Hollywood keep optioning unpublished ...

    by CartoonFanboy

    books? Has this really worked out well in the past? Maybe it has and I just don't know about it, but it seems to me that the big book to movie franchises came out of nowhere (or were already established like LOTR and Narnia). I guess they're just hoping that the next big thing will be one of the dozens of options they purchased, pretty expensive lottery if you ask me.

  • May 25, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    "THAT" movie? The Relic is a cult classic!

    by seagrass

    Get your shit straight, Merrick. Don't be so condescending.

  • May 25, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    I was going to mention SWORD OF GIDEON as well...

    by Ironhelix

    ...but Squashua beat me to it. AWESOME movie, and yes, it was better than Munich.

  • May 25, 2010, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Michael Bay, ejector of Foxes...

    by MrMysteryGuest

    That's his new nickname from now on!

  • May 25, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Seriously folks...

    by Horned One

    Michael Bay's movies may not be the highest form of cinematic art, but they are fun movies for people who truly remember what movies are supposed to be about, and based on box office sales, talkbackers and critics are in the minority when it comes to his films. So how about we all stop pretending that we have PhDs in cinematic appreciation and just have fun watching movies again... yes, even the bad ones.

  • May 25, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Gideon Who?

    by MakNeil

    I think that I have read just about all of the Agent Pentergast books by Lincoln & Child, but I don't recall a character named 'Gideon Crew' in any of them.<P> Sure, it could be a peripheral character, though if so, what's the point of making a film around him when there are characters that are truly deserving.<P> Apropos of nothing, when AICN Talkback 2.0 rolls around, please consider an 'edit' button.<P> Instead why don't they do a movie about Agent Pentergast? To see the film version of "A Murder of Crows" or "The Cabinet of Curiosities" or even "The Relic (if it at least follows the book somewhat, unlike Peter Hyams' movie version (which, truth be told, wasn't that bad)"<P>

  • May 26, 2010, 12:54 a.m. CST

    According to the Grand Central Publishing Catalog...

    by demunction

    found on their website, here's their summary of the book: "As a child, Gideon Crew witnessed his father shot down in cold blood, framed for a crime he did not commit. He promised his mother on her death bed that he would someday take revenge. When that day of vengeance comes, Gideon finds the act unexpectedly catapults him into a new life as a rogue operative with only one year to live, his boss a shadowy voice on the other end of the phone. His first assignment: to tail a Chinese scientist and steal the plans he is carrying for a new and awesome weapon of mass destruction. But the scientist is brutally killed, the plans vanish, and Gideon is forced to chase a series of tantalizing clues across the world, from New York to Hong Kong to Dubai, ultimately ending up at a mysterious burial ground on an uninhabited island in Long Island Sound. There he comes face to face with his nemesis—and learns that what he thought to be the ultimate weapon is actually something far more frightening. The world will never be the same."

  • May 26, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST

    I Heard That Bay & Spielberg Like To...

    by CellarDweller

    cross swords. What other reason could there be for producing 3 shitty Transformers movies together? Oh come on, you know the third one is destined to suck just as bad as the other two!

  • May 26, 2010, 2:21 a.m. CST

    The Relic

    by 'Cholera's Ghost

    The book was one billion times better than the movie which was the palest of lame undercooked half-hearted imitations. Not that it's one of my favorite books of all time, but seriously one billion times better that the movie, that's fact.

  • May 26, 2010, 2:31 a.m. CST

    by AsimovLives

  • May 26, 2010, 2:33 a.m. CST

    "Michael Bay To Produce Shit"

    by AsimovLives

    This is how any news about any new Mickey Bay movie project should open. Becasue everything he had made so far is shit, and so it will be everything he will make in the future. He's uncapable of doing anything else. He's the Anti-Midas, everything he touches turns to shit.

  • May 26, 2010, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Horned One

    by AsimovLives

    "Michael Bay's movies may not be the highest form of cinematic art, but they are fun movies for people who truly remember what movies are supposed to be about"<br><br>The wrongness in your post is so epic, it would take Cecil B. DeMille to turn it into a movie. I really love the stupid excuse of "this is how movieas are supposed to be". It's my second favorite dumb excuse for Bay's shit, after the "it's not supposed to be Shakespeare". I find it fantstic that people are still using this dumb shit to justify their support for Bay's shit.<br><br>You know what movies are SUPPOSED to be? They are supposed to be WHATEVER THE HELL THE FILMMAKERS WANTS THEM TO BE. If you like them or not, that's another matter. There is no supposed to be this or that about movies. except one thing, the only rule that cinema has: movies are supposed to be good. It's basic craftsman rule: make the best product you can make, and make it good.<br><br>What movies are supposed to be? They are supposed to be good. Bay hasn't made one single good movie in his whole life. If you find them amusing, that's your problem. And nobody has to partake in your problems.

  • May 26, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST


    by Horned One

    I don't mind having a different opinion (because after all, we are only talking about opinions here), but why are you so rabid about it? So anyway, I would like to hear what your top favorite movies of all time happen to be. That way we can all get an idea of what your yardstick is for judging movies. To be fair I'll go first (in no particular order): Lord of the Rings (I consider one movie), 2001: A Space Odyssey (my first movie), Jaws, Casablanca, and The Trouble with Harry. There are more I love, but these are the ones I can watch over and over and not get tired of them.

  • May 26, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST

    p.s. AsimovLives

    by Horned One

    I think we'll just have to disagree with that movies are supposed to be, since (in my opinion) movies are meant to be fun first. I've been to some very, very bad movies where I had a great time just because it was SO bad.

  • May 26, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Oh really?

    by Phineas_Flavel

    Retire Michael Bay. You are the worst director since Ed Wood.