‘Chainsaw’s’ Bay inks with WMA

Major tenpercenters have been pursuing producer

HOLLYWOOD — After nearly three months without representation, Michael Bay has signed with the William Morris Agency.

Bay most recently produced blockbuster “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” which opened Friday and took in $28.1 million over the weekend.

Ever since Bay exited CAA in July, the four other major agencies have been in hot pursuit of the helmer.

Last week, UTA put together a deal that will have Bay make his small-screen bow for ABC and Touchstone Television. He’ll work with his “Armageddon” scribe Shane Salerno to create an hourlong crime drama.

WMA’s list of writer clients was said to be a key factor tipping the director in favor of the agency.

WMA’s also receptive to the quirkier kinds of material that Bay would like to direct. Among them: “Pain and Gain,” based on the true tale of two murderous Gold’s Gym owners, set up at Par. Bay would produce with Donald De Line.

Bay most recently directed “Bad Boys II” for Columbia Pictures. His attorney continues to be Robert Offer at Offer, Weber & Dern.

Bay is the most recent coup for WMA’s directing roster. Recent signings include Ridley Scott, Alexander Payne, Alfonso Cuaron, Terry Gilliam, Philip Noyce, Brad Silberling, Neil Jordan, Neil LaBute and Bill Condon.

(Claude Brodesser contributed to this report.)

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