this is kinda / somewhat related to Michael Bay but I just saw the trailer for National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets. Half way through the trailer, I was thinking, this is The Rock 2....or what could've been The Rock 2.
From what I remember reading, the pitch for the Rock 2 was supposed to be that a team of mercernaries lead by Michael Ironside kidnapped Mason's daughter and Goodspeed's baby as hostage to get the Microfilm from Goodspeed. He calls Mason for his help. The microfilm contains information such as the truth about the UFO landing on Roswell, the JFK assassination etc.
Ok now back to National Treasure 2. I was watching the trailer and not only is Nicolas Cage in it but Brigadier General Francis X Hummel, Ed Harris in a similiar role. And not only that but instead of a Microfilm, it is the Presidential Book of Secrets which contains the truth about the Lincoln and JFK assassinations.
I'm wondering where that idea came from or maybe Bruckheimer had a little to do with that. Either way, I couldn't help but think that The Rock 2 was a film that Jerry wanted to make but instead made it into a watered down family film which is National Treasure 2.
Nelson, move this to the film discussion forum if its not appropriate here