Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures announced earlier today that it has teamed up China Movie Channel, a state-run company, to produce Transformers 4 in China. The film is expected to be released in China and in the United States in June of 2014.
According to China Movie Channel, the deal marks the first time a major western studio will produce a film in China.
The Transformers films have performed exceptionally well in China. Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon, for example, grossed $165 million.
The biggest western hit to date, however, is James Cameron's megablockbuster Avatar, which was released in China in January 2010 and grossed $221.9 million.
Transformers 4 will be directed by Michael Bay. Mark Wahlberg will play one of the main characters in the film.
to LordRaymond... a trend indeed. A trend that may make it harder for U.S. film workers to find work. Paramount producing a movie in China probably helps them with the tight budget Bay has to wrestle with.
This is absurd. Producing an american movie on location, especially in china is an abomination to what American films have stood for all eternity. I will boycott this movie, even if it had A list actors in the movie.
they also said a lot of the actors will be Chinese actors, right? pretty bad, outsource a movie to China with a bunch of actors the American audience will never have heard of.. that will totally make them want to see it!
bayformers should have stopped with the first one! the one and only movie i have ever walked out on! plus being made in china had better not put a hold up on my fireworks this year...... damn bay and his splosions will use up all the gunpowder in china!
The first and third Transformer films are a guilty pleasure of mine. I don't really see a problem with it being filmed in China at all. My main gripe stems from the use of Mark Wahlberg. While I'm happy they finally got rid of Lebouf, I'm really not a fan of Marky Mark whatsoever.
Movie making is a business just like everything else. If your current environment is hostile to what you’re trying to accomplish, you go elsewhere. It’s a concept more people in this country would understand if they spent less time jock sniffing and celebrity worshiping.
China, a mostly communist country embraces capitalists ideals and is attracting business.
The U.S., the largest capitalist economy in the world embraces socialist ideals and is loosing business.
And if you’re not going to see this movie simply because of this then you might as well never set foot in Wal-Mart as over 80% of goods sold there are from China. I’ll be checking this out for sure. Just saying no Shia is enough for me. Now all Bay needs to do is knock off the low brow humor (ie: animals humping, crotch jokes) and movies like these will be completely entertaining.
"China, a mostly communist country embraces capitalists ideals and is attracting business.
The U.S., the largest capitalist economy in the world embraces socialist ideals and is loosing business. "
Not the situation, I'm not even sure how you get the idea the U.S. is a hostile environment for film production. The middle/upper class population of China is basically equal to the entire population of the united states. Then you have 900 million more people who while often quite poor, still may buy movie tickets. It's just a product of the size of their market.
Not the situation, I'm not even sure how you get the idea the U.S. is a hostile environment for film production.
Not hostile to film production specifically but business in general. Especially those who deal with large dollar amounts. I'm sure the market issue you mentioned as well as simple logistics may have lent to the decision but it will come to no surprise to me if this does become a trend simply because of financial reasons. Especially if the piracy factor that kept a lot of studios away is addresed.
@Twizzle: LOL! Totally incorrect!!! You crassly said, "The middle/upper class of China is basically equal to the entire population of the United States"? That's the most ridiculous thing I've heard in a long time. So the China upper class is all illegals and heavily-taxed people getting poorer by the second?
Don't try to make excuses. The USA now has a socialist economy with capitalist roots, chief. It's like oil and water. The two don't mix. I understand why they're moving the production to China. It's quite simple, actually. The government keeps getting bigger, and the more money they print, the less value it has, and the more it costs to buy something or to get something done.
Have you been to the supermarket or the gas pump lately?
i am not interested in another sequel as only the first one was oke...it's like i have Alien and Aliens...after the queen was flushed into space the Alien franchise came to a beautifill ending,that was it for me and the following 2 movies after this i never had interest in,it just didnt "work" after Aliens....same here with transformers i feel,is this it Mr Bay...you dont have anny other ideas for a movie? i'm sorry to hear.....
Hollywood...wake up and stop it plz.....we dont need annymore Ironman..n°16 or transformers 9....or the upcoming GI Joe...seriously...last year was appaling for sci-fi,and the one that was actually verry good didnt even make it for a nomination,while it was a 'new' idea,each character was played to its best and the score was wonderfull.....Cloud Atlas!
Without citing specific examples I am not sure how we could discuss that, as it's a really broad statement and would I think vary by industry. I doubt that any studios or their parents would move to China though, as the cronyism there by all accounts makes ours look quaint. In terms of media companies the US has been removing regulation for the most part since the Reagan administration and copyright laws heavily favor large companies like Disney. I'm not sure any other country offers as much intellectual property protection as ours. I know you mentioned piracy, but in the case of China it's quite often the case that the plant that say presses your Blu-Rays for example will also press bootlegs after hours. To me at least, that's a problem that far outstrips torrents.
"@Twizzle: LOL! Totally incorrect!!! You crassly said, "The middle/upper class of China is basically equal to the entire population of the United States"? That's the most ridiculous thing I've heard in a long time. So the China upper class is all illegals and heavily-taxed people getting poorer by the second? "
What is incorrect? They have 300+ million people that are considered middle class in *their* economy, 900 million are poor, typically the rural poor incredibly so.
Don't make the statement out to be something else.
People really have no clue here. I enjoyed the Transformer films for what they are, entertainment. They are films based off TOYS. Were you expecting Casablanca or Lawrence of Arabia? As for Bay people complain yet his films gross a lot of money. If they are that bad why are people seeing them? Are they great films? No. Fun films ? Yes. We are not talking Uwe Boll or Ed Wood here. As for Hollywood running out of idea statement it is getting old. I see this on every thread. Studios are business to make money. Films like this rake in money and studios make money. Films like this help more intelligent, small budget films get green lighted. Its not rocket science people.
This Transformers Series is not being produced and directed with any nominations, in intention. It is mostly for fun and entertainment purpose. It has it's own fan-base. I like this series and I have the whole entire collection of it's Bly-ray's.
It is not bad as mentioned here. Why would it make that much of money if it is that bad?. Every new series makes more money than the previous release. Which says a lot about the Transformers Movie Series. This only my opinion and not meaning to say I am right here or to correct any comments in here. I will watch it withing the opening week, as I did with the all other releases.
Michael Bay did an awesome job with Transformers series, as a Transformers fan of the cartoons. I wish the robots resemble more of the cartoons, at times it's hard to tell which robots are which... That's about the only gripe I have about the live action but I do wish Bay would take a break from this series... Though it would be interesting to see what T4 has in store for us, heard rumors Unicron could be in here!?
I hope Transformers 4 flop like I hoped Disney's John Carter. Why teamed up with a state-run company I just don't get it and most important why China you greedy pigs. China state owned movie company only produces propaganda films and you bet transformers 4 will feature Chinese soldiers and tanks and hire chinese vfx.
USA and China came up with a new agreement on how many Hollywood productions they would allow into China per year old agreement had xx number new agreement has half a dozen to a dozen more IIRC, USA had to give some concessions on conditions of these extra movies and outsourcing to have local content is likely one of those concessions. Anyone that boycotts this because of the China factor is just acting racist.
This story is missing a HUGE piece of info, it's not shooting solely in China, they'll also be filming parts of Transformers again in Chicago from Aug 1 – Oct. 15. A lot of Transformers 3 was shot in Chicago several years ago as well. It's also not like Transformers hasn't traveled the globe to film before. Egypt and Russia come to mind as previous filming locations as well, and I didn't hear this kind of backlash then.