TRANSFORMERS 3 Runs into Trouble with the National Park Service

     June 9, 2010

Decepticons are no problem.  The National Park Service, on the other hand, may provide more of a challenge to Michael Bay’s Transformers 3The Washington Post reports that the production’s plans to shoot in Washington, D.C. are being hamstrung by the National Parks Service.  Apparently, it’s not okay to have a “car race” and blow shit up in the middle of our nation’s capital.  Go figure.

Transformers 3 had planned to shoot for two weeks in the city plus an additional month or more of time in D.C. for other production needs.  The revenue generated by the production would net the city an estimated $200 million.  However, it now looks like principal photography may last less than a week.  Hit the jump for what Kathy Hollinger, director of the D.C. Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, had to say about the project.

Hollinger has the best line in the entire article.  Here’s the set-up:

Kathy Hollinger, director of the D.C. Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, acknowledged that the plans amounted to “a lot more than D.C. has ever been accustomed to in terms of scale and impact,” including, for instance, simulated explosions and pyrotechnics at locations along Pennsylvania and Independence avenues.

Then it gets amazing:

“The robots will be here,” she said. “It’s not like they’re going to be building and having these little miniature Transformers running around and then make them look real with CGI effects afterward.”

That’s right, kids.  Ms. Hollinger is under the impression that the real, 28-feet-tall Optimus Prime will be stomping along 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Of course, I’m going to look somewhat stupid when Bay shows up with an army of 28-feet-tall Transformers.

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