'Transformers 4' to Possibly Be Set and Shot in China

Director Michael Bay is mulling over ways to make his upcoming sequel a Chinese co-production.
Transformers 4 may be set and shot in China
Transformers 4 may be set and shot in China
When you look at yesterday's story about potential cast members for Transformers 4, one would assume that this sequel will be set in the United States, like the first three movies. Today, an intriguing report has surfaced that director Michael Bay and Paramount are trying to work out a deal for Transformers 4 to be shot and set in China.

The rationale behind this is purely financial, since this would help ensure a wide release in the burgeoning Chinese market. Box office sales in China grew 35% last year, making it the second-largest international market behind Japan. The Chinese government recently expanded their quota for foreign movies shown in their country from 20 to 34, although foreign productions still have a number of hoops to jump through to ensure a wide release in China. Iron Man 3 employed a similar tactic, shooting a portion of the film in China to become a Chinese co-production.

It isn't known how this will affect the story, which we reported earlier this week will take place four years after Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Ehren Kruger is still working on the script at this time, so we'll have to wait and see if China truly does play a major part in the story.

Transformers: Age of Extinction comes to theaters June 27th, 2014 and stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Bingbing Li, T.J. Miller. The film is directed by Michael Bay.

Sources: Vulture

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Comments (28)

  1. LuxoIII

    @xenon56 The original Transformers show (which were over glorified due to nostalgia, like many franchises are) almost always have humans in them because an audience has to connect with the story, just like these movies. The only way you could make a movie set on a CGI planet with all CGI characters and have it work is to make the robots subtly human-like with emotions and feeling, like Wall-E. Knowing Michael Bay, there's a better chance of subtle characterization in his movies than North Korea becoming a Democratic Republic.

    1 year agoby @brady1138Flag

  2. Dark-White-Knight

    They've done that with TF2 didn't go so well

    1 year agoby @Dark-White-KnightFlag

  3. Xenon

    of course there isn't a story to them, but it's fun to watch.
    Bay isn't known as a story teller, now if PJ and Bay got together - scratch that, Bay would terrorize Pete, and Pete would make him wait until the screen play is just right.

    1 year agoby @xenon56Flag

  4. Youngrizo

    @xenon56 .... @brady1138 is right. Look at it as a logical person, if you want a transformers movie at all, you have to compromise, and humans in a transformers story don't ruin the transformers story... the stories themselves are not very good at all to begin with

    1 year agoby @youngrizoFlag

  5. Xenon

    @brady1138 no you don't, do you know that the robots have plenty of stories that don't have humans involved. On Cibertron and a pre-earth planet.We don't need humans in it, the reason Bay has humans in his films is because he wanted to base it on earth and the time before they left.

    1 year agoby @xenon56Flag

  6. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @felipe-11 I've got bad news for you bro lol

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  7. Replicant

    I hope so; if I see New York destroyed in a movie one more time I'll f*cking shoot my f*cking brains out.

    1 year agoby @felipe-11Flag

  8. Martin Eriksson

    @fanboy I'm pretty sure that your old Transformers toys are marked "made in China"

    1 year agoby @Martin-ErikssonFlag

  9. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ghostman Good old America

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  10. Ghostman

    @bawnian-dexeus Oops, I meant they originated in Japan, as part of the Takara toyline. The toys which would be re-purposed to become the first generation of Transformers were designed by a number of companies, some Japanese. The concept to unify them as 'Transformers' was American.

    1 year agoby @ghostmanFlag

  11. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @fanboy@ghostman Manufactured, yes, but not created

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  12. LuxoIII

    @therealGoku Because that would be boring for almost everyone except the hardcore fans. I would be included in the "non-fan" category myself, having never grown up with Transformers. You need humans to make this story relevant (if "story" is what you want to call this series...)

    1 year agoby @brady1138Flag

  13. Ghostman

    @fanboy Transformers did originate from China back before they became popular in America.

    1 year agoby @ghostmanFlag

  14. fanboy

    F*ck China! Transformers are American, not f*cking Chinese! Sure they will gain some more audience in China, but they will also loose some in the US, because you know Americans.

    1 year agoby @fanboyFlag

  15. Rudy

    @ROFLitschristian or in japan.

    1 year agoby @rudyFlag

  16. Rudy

    Even our movies are getting outsourced.

    1 year agoby @rudyFlag

  17. Tyman489

    I am all for this I am excited to see what Bay will do (probably just more explosions) but with a whole new cast I think it will be interesting. But if they were ever to shoot a movie on cybertron, it would have to be a prequel, since cybertron was destroyed.

    1 year agoby @Tyman489Flag

  18. JasonKat

    Let me guess.. there will be chinse bots fighting w each other, or maybe an american bot w a chinse bot, lol

    1 year agoby @jasonkatFlag

  19. Sean

    @therealGoku that is what i thought was originally going to be shown in Transformers 4, and that it would take place entirely through out the whole movie on cybertron. But, i guess that is not the case unfortunately.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  20. Youngrizo

    @therealGoku Because then you alienate all but your core audience

    1 year agoby @youngrizoFlag

  21. ROFLitschristian

    Sure, why the f*ck not. Everything destructive happens either there or in Manhattan.

    1 year agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  22. Stallone Jackson

    @therealGoku i agree. The script writers are tards. I hope we finally get to see Hot Rod. I dont know why the ferrari was a french robot ( lost ). If its taking place 4 years after then Unicron has to play a part.

    1 year agoby @Stallone-JacksonFlag

  23. The Real Goku

    Why can't we just get a movie on cybertron??? No humans

    1 year agoby @therealGokuFlag

  24. Xenon

    keep it simple and let the robots go home.

    1 year agoby @xenon56Flag

  25. ChiRep_1

    @brady1138 Or maybe he's just shooting a movie in China..

    1 year agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  26. LuxoIII

    So Michael Bay, the extraordinary auteur who's comedy, writing, and forward-thinking social agendas that makes George Lucas's Prequel Trilogy proud, is now pandering to communists.

    Bay has reached an all-time low.

    1 year agoby @brady1138Flag

  27. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Like Avatar, expect some Asian influence

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag