Paramount is apparently hoping to set Bay’s Mark Wahlberg-fronted Transformers sequel in mainland China. The reasoning is less a creative choice and more about box office: the studio hopes that by filming in China and possibly partnering with a local production company, the chances of Transformers 4 getting a wide release in China (and thus bringing in more money) will be greater. Hit the jump for more.
Per Vulture, Bay and Paramount are actively looking to have China be the setting for Transformers 4. This kind of decision isn’t exactly surprising, as many studios have been looking for ways to maximize their profits overseas now that China is allowing more American films to be released in the country. The Chinese only exhibit 3D and/or IMAX films, so we’ve already seen a number of studios tack on a 3D post-conversion to some of their blockbusters in order to automatically