““Transformers 5” will film in Detroit this summer in a big way, thanks to some creative transformation of previously approved Michigan film incentives.” writes Detroit Free Press. “The deal was achieved as a result of a plan that takes $42 million in film incentives approved for Paramount projects before the state’s program was eliminated in 2015 and uses half of that amount for a single amended agreement for “Transformers 5.””
“Transformers 5” expects to spend $80 million in the state during production. It anticipates hiring 450 Michigan residents as part of an estimated 850 cast and crew hires. There also will be a need for 700 extras.
Film office director Jenell Leonard praised the reallocation, saying in the announcement, “Having one of the highest-profile film franchises created in Michigan is a major economic boost and a testament to the talent of the state’s production community.”