Two brothers with the surname Mak, 27 and 28, demanded that they be paid HK$100,000, the equivalent of $12,900 in US dollars. During their discussion in a busy area of downtown Hong Kong, the older Mak brother came at the director. He also then tackled by three police officers who tried to intervene. The younger brother was arrested on suspicion of blackmail and assault charges, while the older Mak was arrested for assault. It wasn't immediately clear why the brothers asked for the money, but there is speculation that the production is causing them to lose business, and they wanted to be compensated.
Paramount has responded to the story with a statement that claims the director was never struck by the assailant.
The two brothers and a third man named Chan are currently in police custody.
We reported back in April that Transformers: Age of Extinction will be shot in Hong Kong and other areas of China. Another report from June revealed that the filmmaker plans on "destroying" several Chinese landmarks. Production company Beijing Pangu is financing the shoot in China. Hopefully, an air conditioning unit fight sequence will be written into the screenplay. We want to see that!
Transformers: Age of Extinction was released June 27th, 2014 and stars Nicola Peltz, Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, T.J. Miller, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Jack Reynor. The film is directed by Michael Bay.