Date
22 August 2017
Optimus Prime takes on a robot dinosaur against a Chongqing backdrop. Photo: Transformer 4 trailer
Optimus Prime takes on a robot dinosaur against a Chongqing backdrop. Photo: Transformer 4 trailer

Trouble for Transformers in Chinese karst country

As if the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons wasn’t enough, a battle is shaping up between the makers of Transformers 4 and the managers of a scenic site in China.

Chongqing Wulong Karst Tourism Co. Ltd., the company that operates the Wulong scenic landscape area in southwest Chongqing, plans to sue the movie makers for not giving the site’s logo enough prominence.

The producers failed to feature the logo as specified in their mutual contract and viewers could not be sure the shots of the scenic spot in the movie are of Wulong, the Chongqing company said Monday. Other tourist spots are also claiming the karst peaks are their own, Mtime.com reported Tuesday, citing the company.

The company said it would file a claim in a Chongqing court seeking damages from Paramount Pictures and Beijing-based 1905 Internet Technology Company (1905), one of the movie’s Chinese partners. 

The producers said they regretted the mistake and were trying to make amends by putting Wulong’s logo inside the film’s DVD version and those for various new media channels, the report said, citing a source from 1905. 

Property developer Beijing Pangu Investment Co. also said last month that it was suing Paramount and two of its Chinese associates for not featuring images of its hotel in trailers and movie posters as promised. The parties have since resolved the dispute.

And Hubei Zhou Heiya Food Co. is reportedly considering legal action over its placement deal.

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