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Transformers 4 confirmed to be filming in Chicago

Posted on 03-16-2013 at 09:49 AM by Sol Fury under Transformers Movie (Just Movie) (All Transformers Movie News)
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There have been rumblings of various Transformers 4 filming locations of late, but now a location has come forward, confirmed. Chicago, according to Chicago Reel, is going to be a filming location - and according to their information, based on projected film dates of July to October and Transformers 4 star Mark Wahlberg looking for a four month house rental, we could be looking at Chicago being the main filming location for Transformers 4. With Transformers 4 being set 4 years after Dark of the Moon devastated the city with a full-on Decepticon invasion and plenty of Michael Bay's trademark Bayhem, is the city ready for a second helping?

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DJW107PRIME
Hmmm curious.
SilverOptimus
Looks like our Jimmy will be there. Take photos, man!!!... Take photos like there is no tomorrow!!!
Uncle Madness
Whatever....

As long as Bay's vision is flawed the location will always be irrelevant.
decepticreep312
Awesome I enjoy seeing movies being filmed so I can visit a Transformers set a second time. The explosions are awesome but it ends up being better than the actual film.
TacomaPrime
I couldn't go last time. I WILL NOT miss this this time. I only live an hour from chitown, so I will be taking some vaca for this.
Jakest123
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"but since 2009’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” that filmed here had an estimated $200 million budget (and earned $836 million worldwide), the budget for the new film in the franchise should be comparable."
Say what?
transformervic1
Interesting, although I doubt Chicago will be a final battle city again, I'm curious as to what's up Bay's sleeve. Is it going to be considered the city of chicago in the movie and imply that there's still repairing to be done, or use the city as a means for a fictional city?
Batman
So I guess if they are filming for like 4 months in Chicago it would be safe to assume that the majority of the movie will take place there.

Sounds like this one is shaping up to be more of the same.
johndoe4880
i'm excited i went down to see them film tf3 in chicago.
shellformer
You have my condolences, Chicago.
Doug
I thought they said some will be film in London.
Ampere
Oh Squee! I missed the DOTM filming in Chicago so maybe I might be able to catch some of it this time around!
Paarthurnax
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I thought they said some will be film in London.

Nah, the Reapers already messed up London.
QLRformer
I guess they'll film some flashback/memorial scenes in Chicago and then cut over to London/etc for the rest of the film.
figsdad
Chicago THE driller is THIRSY AGAIN
Autovolt 127
Poor Chicago has it not already suffered enough of the Bayhem?
ImABunny
May be just a setup for the prologue of the fourth movie.
RedAlert Rescue
Shrugs. I think it's sort of amusing that the Matrix Movies also allude to Chicago.

But more Movieverse is only a boon if Hasbro go off Piste in terms of the toyline and still produce something saleable another miss-step won't do the franchise many favours. especially if it stops retailers ordering it - and frankly I shudder a bit seeing how attrocious many of Hasbro's offerings of Iron Man 3 figures are. I found that especially galling when I enjoyed (bad paint aside) the Iron Man 2 figures very much.

If Transformers 4 toys are even worse than the mostly mediocre DOTM output that would be very disheartening stuff.
IaconStargazer
Could be interesting, and a second chance for me to see the team actually film some stuff (instead of watch a scene be prepared and then be a block away when the action starts, as my DotM situation was).
Scorpio
Eh, if they film in Chicago again for anything other than flashbacks to the battle then i will be disappointed. I dont want to see another attack on the same place, that'll be boring to watch seeing as i know they'll just rebuild it again.
OMEGAPRIME1983
I was there a couple times last time, and had a blast. Hopefully I'll be able to go again!!
nemesisconvoy
Sweet....maybe a Chicago cop can hit the Bumblebee Camaro, this time around!!
BeeIsMyHero
There's only a four year difference between the last movie and this movie right? Which must mean that Chicago is still under a ton of construction because that city was demolished. So, what could they do there? Unless a Decepticon previously thought to have died in th battle suddenly wakes up and blasts his way out of there. I could see that being the opening scene.
Jimmy88
Oh man I am FREAKIN OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jimmy88
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Looks like our Jimmy will be there. Take photos, man!!!... Take photos like there is no tomorrow!!!
Indeed I will, I will be on the front lines once again to try my best and bring EPIC photos to you guys
alanyap
I hope Chicage is chosen because the 'bots decided to stay put there (hint: auto-base) , and the mayor gives a green light for that.. and of coz.. the usual "we'll fix the city up for you, offer tech to cure/save human lives as a return favor.
tonyformer
Lets not forget that a very large decepticon ship went down in Chicago. We don't know what the government did with that. Not to mention the Ark still on the moon. That could still come into play.
KnightHawkke
Didn't that poor town get abused enough in the last film?
Scorpio
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There's only a four year difference between the last movie and this movie right? Which must mean that Chicago is still under a ton of construction because that city was demolished. So, what could they do there? Unless a Decepticon previously thought to have died in th battle suddenly wakes up and blasts his way out of there. I could see that being the opening scene.
All the main cast Decepticons were killed. Any survivers were taken from their into space via the portals. There are no decepticons.

Four years would probably be enough to repair/demolish any broken buildings. Personally i feel it'll probably just be for flashbacks.
Scorpio
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Lets not forget that a very large decepticon ship went down in Chicago. We don't know what the government did with that. Not to mention the Ark still on the moon. That could still come into play.
Those are true... but lets be honest. You really think anyone will remember the last film? I didnt... :L
figsdad
or they could re use footage from chicago and put different bots fighting.? BAY done it before in his films..
TylerMirage
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Lets not forget that a very large decepticon ship went down in Chicago. We don't know what the government did with that. Not to mention the Ark still on the moon. That could still come into play.
Man, I wish the Ark would come back into play. But I'm not holding my breath on that.

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or they could re use footage from chicago and put different bots fighting.? BAY done it before in his films..
Yeah, he's done it before with like, a half-dozen shots sprinkled randomly throughout the whole movie. Reusing a single shot of Jetfire twice or taking two shots from The Island and adding a CG Decepticon or colour correction does not equate to recycling an entire 45 minute act and replacing the robots. For all of the time, money and effort it would take to "re use footage from Chicago and put different bots fighting", they could easily just, you know, not do that. Put their effort into something more worthwhile. (*cough*thescript*cough*)
BeeIsMyHero
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All the main cast Decepticons were killed. Any survivers were taken from their into space via the portals. There are no decepticons.
Then who would they use as the villian? There's got to be a Decepticon(s) somewhere plotting revenge or what not. Heck, maybe someone didn't wake up on the Moon in the last movie and when he does is all like, "Well crap. I missed all that. Oh well, let me just beat on some Autobot butt anyway."
Thorns2010
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Four years would probably be enough to repair/demolish any broken buildings. Personally i feel it'll probably just be for flashbacks.
Maybe in a fictional universe like the movies four years is enough, but in real life, no.

If a city took as much damage as Chicago did in the movie, it would be a long process. Look at the World Trade Center in New York. That happened over 11 years ago, and they still aren't done rebuilding. And that was just one small section of Manhattan, imagine an entire city destroyed that much.
Scorpio
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Then who would they use as the villian? There's got to be a Decepticon(s) somewhere plotting revenge or what not. Heck, maybe someone didn't wake up on the Moon in the last movie and when he does is all like, "Well crap. I missed all that. Oh well, let me just beat on some Autobot butt anyway."
Any Decepticons in Dark of the Moon are dead and gone - we wont have a Decepticon wake up in Chicago - four years after the battle.

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Maybe in a fictional universe like the movies four years is enough, but in real life, no.

If a city took as much damage as Chicago did in the movie, it would be a long process. Look at the World Trade Center in New York. That happened over 11 years ago, and they still aren't done rebuilding. And that was just one small section of Manhattan, imagine an entire city destroyed that much.
I knew someone would bring that up - honestly I hoped we wouldn't because that is honestly a stupid situation to reference. The World Trade Center 'rebuild' is taking longer for a multitude of reasons with barely any actually being construction related - the first being the fact that after the attacks they promised to build a memorial park on the site. The second being that due to the events that took place at the World Trade Center they wanted to rebuild it stronger and more impressive looking. Thirdly, the plans for the rebuild were stated in 2006 as taking at least 6 years. Lets not forget the recession/depression meaning production of a sky scraper that costs them 3.8 billion are likely to slow a little.The rebuilt design is also the largest freaking building in the city - while in DOTM we are talking about simple sky scrapers - this building is about 1/3 higher.

Put simply; this is a large scale building which was taken down outside of a war time zone - the buildings in Chicago had been evacuated and with the high death toll it likely means they wouldn't count individual buildings being the location of memorial sites. Depending on the scale of the rebuild effort + Autobot help it would be easily done in a max of 6 years (Human construction time)

Source;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_World_Trade_Center
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_T...#New_buildings

I would also like to note that the 'destruction' in Dark of the Moon was essentially just a few broken skyscrapers and some missiles which hit into some layers of apartment buildings. This damage is not that much, especially considering the most important fact - THEY HAVE AUTOBOT HELP. After the events of ROTF - the Pyramid was rebuilt in less than a week via the Autobots. Do you really think a couple of buildings is going to take a long time when you have a robot that can carry all the supplies there and deliver them to virtually anywhere they need to be instantly? Removing the need for cranes.
Bumblethumper
Sounds like a very long shoot.

I half suspect they might be shooting 2 films back to back.
Ephland
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Maybe in a fictional universe like the movies four years is enough, but in real life, no.

If a city took as much damage as Chicago did in the movie, it would be a long process. Look at the World Trade Center in New York. That happened over 11 years ago, and they still aren't done rebuilding. And that was just one small section of Manhattan, imagine an entire city destroyed that much.
Thankfully the fictional universe of Transformers doesn't have to worry about that. Because Chicago wasn't destroyed in DOTM. Chicago is an incredibly large city (3rd largest in the US), and in DOTM the final battle took place in a relatively small area of the city. The metropolitan area, where the attack in DOTM took place, also was not destroyed. It had many locations of severe damage, but the infrastructure as a whole was very much intact at the end of DOTM.

It's like saying "the pyramids were destroyed in ROTF." No, they weren't. One pyramid suffered a lot of damage at the top. The base of the structure remained, as did the bottom 80%.
PurdueAV2003
One thing to keep in mind is that just because filming takes place at a certain location doesn't mean that it representing that same location in the film. A good example from DOTM is the scenes in Russia. Those were filmed in Gary, IN, (just outside of Chicago, for those not familiar) near the area where my in-laws grew up.

From my understanding, Michael Bay built quite a rapport with both the cities of Chicago and Gary, and I wouldn't be surprised if they were giving Bay incentives and special access in order to attract him and other filmmakers to the area. I would expect Chicago to make an appearance just for the name drop, but I expect that many of the scenes filmed there won't actually be taking place in Chicago in the movie.
Scorpio
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Thankfully the fictional universe of Transformers doesn't have to worry about that. Because Chicago wasn't destroyed in DOTM. Chicago is an incredibly large city (3rd largest in the US), and in DOTM the final battle took place in a relatively small area of the city. The metropolitan area, where the attack in DOTM took place, also was not destroyed. It had many locations of severe damage, but the infrastructure as a whole was very much intact at the end of DOTM.

It's like saying "the pyramids were destroyed in ROTF." No, they weren't. One pyramid suffered a lot of damage at the top. The base of the structure remained, as did the bottom 80%.
Pretty much this. Also bringing up the Pyramid example to note that the Autobots rebuilt it in a week I believe...
thecollector
I gotta try to see them filming. I thought at first they'd be filming some chicago in repair scene since this is after DOTM, but July-October is a long time for that. Bring it Bay, we're ready.
VaderPrime1
I have a good chance of being able to go to Chicago in August. I hope I can and will be able to see some cool explosions.
MV95
I was planning on going to Illinois last summer and at the last second it didn't happen. So now I might end up going this summer so this is definitely some great news for me
AutobotJazz4
Isn't it obvious?? They need to rebuild the city, just like after the G1 Episode "Megatron's Masterplan"... "Countdown to extinction".
TheLastPrime
It will also be filming in Houston and Detroit
MV95
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It will also be filming in Houston and Detroit
Do you think there's any chance there will be filming in Florida?
BeeIsMyHero
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Any Decepticons in Dark of the Moon are dead and gone - we wont have a Decepticon wake up in Chicago - four years after the battle.
That's why it's called a twist. You don't see it coming.

And what makes you think there aren't any more Decepticons? Let's say for the sake of arguement that all Decepticons on Earth were killed. And due to the fact Cybertron appeared to have been destroyed when the space bridge collapsed, there aren't any there. But that doesn't mean there aren't any left. Space is HUGE!
Rumblestorm
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it will also be filming in houston and detroit
omfg fuck yes!!!!
TheLastPrime
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Do you think there's any chance there will be filming in Florida?
No, well not to my knowledge anyways nothing planned for FL at this time
Scorpio
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That's why it's called a twist. You don't see it coming.

And what makes you think there aren't any more Decepticons? Let's say for the sake of arguement that all Decepticons on Earth were killed. And due to the fact Cybertron appeared to have been destroyed when the space bridge collapsed, there aren't any there. But that doesn't mean there aren't any left. Space is HUGE!
I'm just saying in the continuity of the movies the only Decepticon tech left on Earth is the crashed spaceships - which have likely been reversed engineered to help the N.E.S.T. team and give the humans better weapons.

Granted it could work if they had a base under Chicago where they kept Sentinel's body and somehow Megatron's head was brought back to life and attached itself onto Sentinel's corpse... but honestly I think the Chicago stuff will just be for flashbacks.

Plus, I only meant the Decepticons in the battle and on Cybertron are dead. I know there will probably be other factions of Decepticons who survived - personally hoping for Tarn and the Decepticon Justice Division - especially after the brutal murder of Megatron.

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