Date
20 September 2017
Crowds gather in the shadow of a giant transformer statue set against Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor during the world premiere of the latest installment of the action franchise. Photo: AFP
Crowds gather in the shadow of a giant transformer statue set against Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor during the world premiere of the latest installment of the action franchise. Photo: AFP

Transformers lawsuit could change everything

The makers of the Transformers franchise picked Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor as a backdrop for its world premiere last week, and while many agreed it was worthy of Hollywood production values, a property company in China did not think so.

Beijing Pangu Investment Co., one of the film’s sponsors, said the event should have been held in one of its hotels.

It’s suing Paramount Studios for breach of contract, just days before the expected release of Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction in China, the New York Times reported.

Pangu is demanding a major edit to remove all scenes depicting its logo or any of its properties shown in the movie. It also wants no hand in marketing it.

A Paramount spokesman said the studio was addressing the complaint and acknowledged that a Pangu property appears in the film.

On Thursday, state news agency Xinhua said Pangu’s complaints involved an unfulfilled promise that the film’s world premiere would be held in one of its hotels.

Director Michael Bay and the film’s star, Mark Wahlberg, attended the premiere at the Hong Kong Cultural Center.

Still, the movie’s planned release in China appears on track. The complaint did not mention China Film Group, a government-controlled company that is distributing the film in Chinese theaters.

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