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.
In recent weeks, Transformers 4 has cast Nicola Peltz (The Last Airbender) in the lead female role, opposite Mark Wahlberg. It is reported that Peltz will play Wahlberg’s on-screen teenage daughter in the film. At the moment, it is still unclear what the narrative will be in the fourth Transformers installment, but according to director Michael Bay, the film will take place four years after the events of Transformers: Dark of the Moon and will be a complete re-design of the entire film franchise.
Transformers 4 will hit theaters everywhere on June 27, 2014, in IMAX and 3D.