Pain and Gain is being described as “Michael Bay’s Fargo“. The story centers on a group of bumbling bodybuilders in Miami who plot to kidnap and rob a wealthy businessman. Unfortunately, the crime goes awry. The wealthy businessman is left for dead, but returns to exact revenge on the bodybuilding thugs with the help of a private investigator.
According to Vulture, even though no formal offer has been made, Harris is very likely to sign on to play the private investigator.
Pain and Gain has been put on hold repeatedly because of Bay’s prior commitments to the Transformers franchise. Both Paramount and Spielberg want Bay to return for a fourth Transformers film. It’s believed that they could offer help with getting Pain and Gain off the ground if he does return to the franchise.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is also set to star in Bay’s Pain and Gain. During a press junket for Journey 2 , Johnson stated that Pain and Gain was “on the right track.”
Pain And Gain is a ripped from the headlines story that is based on a Miami New Times Article about a pair of Florida bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping gone awry.
The screenplay is being scripted by Captain America: The First Avenger screenwriting team, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
With Ed Harris joining the film, Bay would be taking a huge step in the right direction when it comes to getting the production up and running. Pain and Gain is rumored to start production as soon as this Spring, with a release date set at a much later date.