A few weeks ago, Paramount Pictures announced that the production of Transformers 4 would head to Michigan to shoot in the Great Lakes State and the city of Detroit. It also appears that Transformers 4 will head to China to secure distribution in the world’s second-biggest — but also closed off — box office market.
Paramount Pictures announced a new partnership with Chinese movie production companies China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises. This means that some of Transformers 4 will be made in China and will feature a number of prominent Chinese actors. China is a large player in worldwide movie distribution, so it’s important for Hollywood movie studios to tap into this lucrative market. By law, only a small number of foreign movies, including ol’ fashioned American movies, can be distributed throughout China, but if a film was co-financed or was a Chinese co-production then that would guarantee distribution in the country.
Teaming up with Chinese producers and financiers has become a trend in Hollywood, and movies like Iron Man 3 and Rian Johnson’s Looper reaped the benefits of a bigger worldwide box office. Transformers 4 will most likely follow suit.