“Transformers 4″ coming to Michigan

March 20th, 2013 at 12:34 pm by under Entertainment

The untitled “Transformers” sequel is returning to Michigan

Untitled "Transformers 4" poster courtesy  Paramount Pictures

Untitled “Transformers 4″ poster courtesy Paramount Pictures

After filming “Transformers” (2007) and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (2011) in metro Detroit, the fourth movie in the franchise is expected to spend even more time in the motor city.

“Transformers 4″ is scheduled to film this spring in metro Detroit.  The movie will film in other locations as well, but the Michigan Film Office tells me that “significantly more will be done in Michigan than ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’”.

The currently untitled movie, labeled “Transformers 4″ for now,  has been approved for a film incentive from the state.   According to film film office, the project was awarded an incentive of $20 million on $81.93 million of projected in-state expenditures.  The project is expected to hire 368 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of 339 jobs.

That’s more than three times what the 3rd movie – “Dark of the Moon” spent here… that project received $6.1 million in incentives on $17.4 million on qualified Michigan expenditures.

So far in Fiscal Year 2013, 13 projects have been awarded a total of $30.96 million on an estimated $120.17 million of approved production spending for the year.  The projects are expected to create 1,190 Michigan jobs.

Michael Bay is directing “Transformers 4″ and Mark Wahlberg has been cast as the lad actor.

The story picks up soon after the end of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” after the big battle the destroyed most of the locations filmed in Detroit and Chicago.

The movie is scheduled for a June 27, 2014 release.

From the press release:  “It speaks volumes about all Michigan has to offer that Transformers is returning once again to our state,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office.  “This project will shine another bright spotlight on Michigan and provide tremendous opportunities for our cast, crew and support services.”

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