I had been led to expect no more than ten or fifteen minutes worth of scenes set in Hong Kong in the upcoming Transformers fourquel Age of Extinction, but a new interview with Michael Bay pegs the count at something like a full quarter of the film.
Here’s how The South China Morning Post put it:
Bay managed to get 30 to 35 minutes of what will be a two hour blockbuster – including a Hong Kong set in Detroit that he blew up: “There was a lot of dynamite.”
During the same interview, Bay danced around some plot points. There are definitely no spoilers here, but it’s an interesting series of loose ends:
“We are not destroying Hong Kong.” He said the story started in the US and there was a reason to go to China. Is Hong Kong a great hiding place for the Decepticons? “I can’t tell you how they get here.” Are Autobots rescuing Hong Kong from something? “They are not rescuing Hong Kong but definitely rescuing something.”
Rather more specifically spoilerish are some comments I found at Seibertron. They’re credited to Bay but it’s not clear where he made them:
According to director Michael Bay this will be the location of a heroic turning point scene, which takes place after the fall of Hong Kong. A group of Transformers will meet up with another group Transformers where they battle their way out of a crater (Wulong Karst is known for it’s sink holes) that was apparently created by a crashed starship. After the Wulong Karst battle they return to Hong Kong.
All quite generic bits and pieces there, recognisably Transformer-y but nothing on a par with “You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!”
Age of Extinction will hit US cinemas next June. I’m very curious to see a trailer for the film to see how clean the style break from the original trilogy might be. We’ve been promised some differences, but with Michael Bay still in charge, it’s hard to guess how distinct the new film will be from the opening trilogy.