TF3 Filming in Chicago Starting July 4

{mosimage}We know the film team for Transformers 3 will be filming on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. And now it looks like Chicago Film Studio will be acting as production hub when cameras start rolling come July 4, 2010. From ReelChicago.com:

Starting July 4 and filming for seven weeks, director Michael Bay’s “Transformers 3” will shoot in Chicago, which along with Moscow, will be “the focus of the big action sequences,” according to Bay’s official website.

Chicago Film Office director Rich Moskal calls the upcoming big-budget shoot “a blockbuster in every sense of the word; in terms of economic impact, stunts and special effects.”

In a sit-down with the producers last winter, Mayor Daley was agreeable to their city location requests “as he saw the multiple value in this big movie shooting here,” says Moskal. They will shoot along Michigan Avenue and throughout the Loop.

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“Transformers 3” filming starts July 4
Chicago Film Studio will be its production hub

‘T3’Director/executive producer Michael Bay

Starting July 4 and filming for seven weeks, director Michael Bay’s “Transformers 3” will shoot in Chicago, which along with Moscow, will be “the focus of the big action sequences,” according to Bay’s official website.

Chicago Film Office director Rich Moskal calls the upcoming big-budget shoot “a blockbuster in every sense of the word; in terms of economic impact, stunts and special effects.”

In a sit-down with the producers last winter, Mayor Daley was agreeable to their city location requests “as he saw the multiple value in this big movie shooting here,” says Moskal. They will shoot along Michigan Avenue and throughout the Loop.

Starting May 10 “T3” will work out of Chicago Film Studios Chicago (the Ryerson steel plant), occupying 300,000 sq. ft. for offices, stages, construction, wardrobe, transportation, etc., according to studio manager Alex Pisseos.

Scheduled for a July 1, 2011 release, “T3” is expected to provide the greatest amount of local union employment since “Public Enemies” filmed here in 2008.

While the plot is being tightly held under wraps, Michael Bay did say in a Blu-ray extra that “T3” can’t get any bigger, so it will have to go “sideways,” in terms of overall scope and action.

Ferrari 458 Italia

He also revealed that the new Autobot being introduced will be a Ferrari 458 Italia.

“T3” will shoot in six other world cities in the continuing saga of the admirable Autobots and dastardly Decepticons, who disguise themselves by transforming into everyday machinery.

Cast members are Shia Labeouf as Sam Witwicky, Megan Fox as his girlfriend, Mikaela, John Malkovich as Sam’s boss, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Frances McDormand, and Ken Jeong.

Bay is also the executive director, with Steven Spielberg; producers are Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. Ehren Kruger is the writer.

The “Transformers” franchise, based on the popular Hasbro Transformers toy lines, centered on two factions of warring alien robots.

The first two DreamWorks/Paramount movies, “Transformers,” 2007, was budgeted at an estimated $150 million and grossed $701.5 million. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” 2009 grossed $835 million on an estimated $200 million budget.

No budget has been released for “T3.”

Michael Bay produced “A Nightmare on Elm Street” in Chicago last year, the only studio movie to break the city’s record for 22 featureless months, stretching from 2008’s “Public Enemies” to the present crush of pilot production.

“Nightmare” is scheduled for release this summer.

Bay, incidentally, started his career as a spot director, working out of Propaganda Films. In 1995 he was the youngest recipient of the DGA’s Director of the Year award. He also won Cannes Gold and Silver Lions fir work on Budweiser, Bugle Boy and Miller Beer.

He also directed music videos for Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, Donny Osmond and more.

His first feature in 1995 was the $10 million “Bad Boys” for Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, which grossed $141 million worldwide. “Bad Boys 3” is rumored to be on Bay’s directorial slate for 2012.

Bay also produced/directed “Armageddon,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “The Hitcher” and “The Unborn.” —Ruth L Ratny

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