Reinforcing the importance of China to the continuing financial success of The Transformers properties, recently noted here and during The Last Knight’s theatrical run here, Lorenzo di Bonaventura talked about how that relationship best functions during a film’s production from script to screen as part of his “Close Ups – A Conversation with…” address at the 4th annual UCFTI in Los Angeles.
“You can guess, but a co-producing partner can help you with that [navigating what material might upset Chinese officials],” said the producer. [He] provided an example of when they were shooting a Transformers scene in Hong Kong. “They didn’t want the Hong Kong police to be shamed, which was never a concern because it’s a very heroic movie. We didn’t have to bend for that; there’s different criteria for different places,” he added.
We also learned about the value of product placement to The Last Knight’s media campaign (a cool $20m) and the robot cast size (4) of a certain upcoming Bumblebee film. Read the full article here, then join the discussion on the 2005 boards!