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'Transformers 4' May Be Set In China To Help With International Box Office

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by Kevin Jagernauth
November 15, 2012 6:04 PM
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With Michael Bay busy testing young hotties to join "Transformers 4," and weaving Mark Wahlberg into the story, it looks like he's finding a way to set the story in China. Nope, it's not for creative reasons, it's for the bottom line. Mo' money, mo' problems.

Vulture reports that Bay and Paramount are looking at mainland China to serve as the backdrop for the next film in order to help with the all-important international box office. Essentially it works like this: set your movie in China and work with a local production company, and the odds are you'll get preferential treatment. If you don't? Well, at the end of August this year "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight Rises" both opened on the same weekend in China, effectively crippling both movies in terms of what they could have made if they had weekends to themselves. But getting your movie produced and set in China certainly helps make sure you get prime calendar space.

While everyone around the movie is declining to comment, a Paramount spokewoman does offer up this much: “All I can say is, ‘It is not a Chinese co-production,’ and that’s where things stand right now.” Financing from China has become popular recently, with Marvel getting coin from the country for "Iron Man 3," and Rian Johnson doing the same for "Looper," even giving audiences there an extended version of the Shanghai sequence by request.

And here's another interesting twist: Chinese censors will apparently consult on the project to make sure "that the Chinese military are depicted as a highly competent group of super-fighters” and “not some third-world force.” Not all that surprising, but it's not like Bay is going over there to shoot a documentary. And while THR reported today that producers were also looking at Thailand, Vulture speculates it could be an additional location or some kind of negotation tactic -- like when "The Hobbit" briefly threatened to move its production to Canada, U.S.A., Scotland or Ireland during labor troubles in pre-production -- but they insist China is number one.

Does any of this matter? Not really. Bay just wants to blow shit up, and this time he'll do it over there. Shrug. He'll just have to tell the cast and crew to make sure their passports are up to date.

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14 Comments

  • Wash | November 16, 2012 8:25 AMReply

    I hate those stupid websites that make you read every article they post. Why Oh Why can't I just scroll past those articles and select only the ones I find interesting? Damn you Internet! The only thing worse is those Websites that can post reviews of charming indies and then also post information on blockbusters. Geez. Variety is the worst. Why couldn't every website just go ahead and censor which information they reveal? I'd much prefer my information filtered and censored first. My day is just totally ruined now that I have additional information about a film that several million will go and see and will help keep movie studios afloat and many hundreds of thousands of people employed. Ugh.

  • AS | November 15, 2012 9:39 PMReply

    Bay is such a slut.

  • Zaza | November 15, 2012 8:56 PMReply

    So many haters here. Get a life, they are right.

  • Michael Bay's Dad | November 15, 2012 8:56 PMReply

    you kids are the worst.

  • The Playlist | November 15, 2012 7:41 PMReply

    I literally picked a random month in 2009. Not that much different. Dunno what you people are on about. That's 3 years ago

    http://theplaylist.blogspot.com/2009/04/

  • a | November 15, 2012 6:15 PMReply

    Hilarious. It's ALL about the money for these people.

  • a | November 15, 2012 6:44 PM

    oh, I wasn't talking about The Playlist, but I see what you mean...

  • Lisa | November 15, 2012 6:29 PM

    Seriously, The Playlist must make enough off these posts to survive a week.

  • Lisa | November 15, 2012 6:07 PMReply

    Yuck. Why the HELL do you guys report this stupid garbage? It is KILLING your site. For every respectable post there are dozens filled with Transformers, Movie 43, Twilight and useless photos for films that already have trailers or have been in theaters.

  • The Playlist | November 15, 2012 11:29 PM

    Lisa, see above. I think you're seeing things from a fantasy, false-remembered perspective.

  • iche | November 15, 2012 10:46 PM

    meh, so high and mighty. lisa, is it so fucking difficult to scroll over a post that doesn't ring your bell?

  • Lisa | November 15, 2012 6:31 PM

    Kevin, the reason I go to your site in the first place is because you used to not incessantly post about these kind of movies but it seems like that's all you guys focus on nowadays. Who, in their right mind, would ever care about a still from Movie 43 after you already posted the terrible trailer? You guys have zero filter and it's sad to see a once-great site like this crumble.

  • Kevin | November 15, 2012 6:24 PM

    Hey Lisa, feel free to not read these posts.

  • [A] | November 15, 2012 6:21 PM

    True. But I'm sure they get a lot of clicks for those articles..

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