'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 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.



Sources: Vulture

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Comments (28)

  1. LuxoIII

    @writer220 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.

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  2. Dark-White-Knight

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

    2 years agoby @Dark-White-KnightFlag

  3. Writer220

    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.

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  4. Youngrizo

    @writer220 .... @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

    2 years agoby @youngrizoFlag

  5. Writer220

    @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.

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  6. Bawnian©-Dexeus

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

    2 years 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.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  8. Martin Eriksson

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

    2 years agoby @Martin-ErikssonFlag

  9. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ghostman Good old America

    2 years 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.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  11. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @fanboy@ghostman Manufactured, yes, but not created

    2 years 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...)

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  13. Ghostman

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

    2 years 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.

    2 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  15. Rudy

    @ROFLitschristian or in japan.

    2 years agoby @rudyFlag

  16. Rudy

    Even our movies are getting outsourced.

    2 years 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.

    2 years 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

    2 years 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.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  20. Youngrizo

    @therealGoku Because then you alienate all but your core audience

    2 years agoby @youngrizoFlag

  21. ROFLitschristian

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

    2 years 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.

    2 years agoby @Stallone-JacksonFlag

  23. The Real Goku

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

    2 years agoby @therealGokuFlag

  24. Writer220

    keep it simple and let the robots go home.

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  25. ChiRep_1

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

    2 years 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.

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  27. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Like Avatar, expect some Asian influence

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag