Megatron Will Punch Chairman Mao In The Face. TRANSFORMERS 4 Officially A Chinese Co-Production.

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Megatron Will Punch Chairman Mao In The Face. TRANSFORMERS 4 Officially A Chinese Co-Production.
Here's a very simple lesson in Hollywood economics. When someone makes a movie that grosses comfortably over a hundred million dollars in some other, non-US territory, the studio responsible will do whatever it takes to maximize the presence of the sequel in that same territory. And so it comes as no surprise to learn that with Hollywood in general casting lusting eyes at the massive Chinese market and with Michael Bay's Transformers 3 grossing $165 million in the Chinese mainland, the upcoming Mark Wahlberg starring Transformers 4 will be an official Chinese co-production.

The trade off is pretty much a no brainer from a production standpoint. In exchange for including some Chinese cast - cast always being a secondary concern in these films anyway - and shooting in some Chinese locations, the producers get direct investment from China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises while also guaranteeing that the film can be released wide across the country without the hassle of having to be selected as one of the limited number of foreign productions allowed in via the restrictive import laws.

Sure, the China Movie Channel is a government organization run directly by SARFT - responsible for film censorship, among other things - but, hey. Nobody seems to watch these things for story, either, so it's not like it really matters what requirements may be placed there, right?
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Joe FalionApril 2, 2013 2:00 PM

Because of the title this post is now banned in China. :)

Just don't remind the Chinese that Transformers are Japanese or there might be a whole new set of production issues.

Todd BrownApril 2, 2013 2:17 PM

Heh. The funny thing about the headline (at least to me) is that, other than the time travel issue, they could conceivably do it because Megatron is the villain. Problem then would be that everywhere other than China, Megatron would appear to be the hero.

The_Incredible_Mr_PricklepantsApril 2, 2013 8:01 PM

It's just a matter of time before Hollywood is entirely owned by China.

xmattinglyApril 2, 2013 8:52 PM

Won't take long for China to own the US, either. They already own about 8% of our total debt.

Simon de BruynApril 2, 2013 9:52 PM

My understanding was that the historical revisionist line in China is that Mao was 70% right 30% wrong, so there's some room there.

That One GuyApril 3, 2013 12:36 AM

After hearing about what happened with World War Z yesterday, I guess this makes sense.