Transformers 3 forced to scale back planned Washington DC shoot
The production team behind Transformers 3, which begins shooting in the next few weeks, has been forced to scale back plans for an extensive shoot in Washington, DC, according to the Washington Post.
A two-week shoot had been planned for the city in September, but this could be reduced to as little as three days after the National Park Service objected to some of the content. Scripted sequences involved driving cars at high speed down the gravel paths of the National Mall.
Bill Line, a spokesman for the Park Service, told the paper: “A lot of this could be more appropriately shot in a Hollywood studio. The National Mall is not an area in which Americans come to see high-tech action movies being shot.”
Even with the shoot being scaled back, the DC Office of Motion Picture and Television Development says the production could drive more revenue into the city than any other film in the past.
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