Michael Bay is planning to shoot parts of the latest installment in the Transformers franchise in Hong Kong. Reportedly, after looking at photographs of different parts of the city, he is most interested in Sham Shui Po because of its unique aesthetic. The district, situated in North West Kowloon, is one of the oldest and most densely populated areas of Hong Kong. The producers have already approached local government officials and businesses to propose the closure of sections of roads for filming.
For many years, Hong Kong's film industry has complained bitterly about the lack of support from the HK Government. A recent example of this is the failure to gain approval for Donnie Yen's Iceman Cometh 3D
to be filmed on the Tsing Ma Bridge, resulting in the production company being forced to build an imitation set instead. In contrast, big budget Hollywood productions, such as Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight
, have enjoyed relatively free access to different locations in the city centre for filming. So it should not be a big problem for Transformers 4
to gain access to the streets of Sham Shui Po.
Transformers 4 will start shooting in the US in June. The plan is for filming to continue in Hong Kong in September and then China from October. Being a Chinese co-production, the cast will include a required number of Chinese actors. As ScreenAnarchy reported previously, the producers will be launching a reality TV audition show to cast four Chinese wannabes in the film. They have also auditioned a number of Chinese actors, reportedly with Huang Xiao Ming (The Message, Ip Man 2, The Guillotines) being the front-runner to get a role in the film.
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