Michael Bay Producing a Movie About a Trump-Inspired Dystopia
When Donald Trump was somehow elected President of the United States of America, many people around the world took solace in knowing that this turn of events would probably inspire some pretty fascinating art before everyone got killed in the fires of a nuclear holocaust. However, I think it’s pretty safe to say that none of us expected Michael Bay to wade into this particular pond. But here he is: the director of The Rock, Armageddon, and the Transformers movies is producing Little America, a science fiction movie set in a dystopia where a “Donald Trump-like President” has sent the United States spiraling into bankruptcy.
Described by sources as a “sci-fun” story rather than “sci-fi,” the tale is set in a dystopian future where a Donald Trump-like president has bankrupt America and China has called in its debts. The Asian giant now owns America and many Americans have immigrated to China looking for work. In this new world, a former American Force Recon member is hired by a Chinese billionaire to go into an American ghetto and rescue his daughter.
While Carpenter’s dystopian masterpiece is the obvious frame of reference, Little America sounds like a fascinating companion piece for the Purge movies, a series that feels like it was reacting to the Trump administration before it even existed. In those movies, “the New Founding Fathers” rule America with an iron grip and celebrate the Annual Purge, a night where all crime is legal, offering the wealthy and the powerful a chance to prey on the poor and the, well, not white. If all of this makes you uncomfortable, buckle up – if Michael “13 Hours” Bay is getting in on this, expect your entertainment to get aggressively political in the years ahead.
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