'Transformers 4' director attacked on set in Hong Kong

Topic started by Marshal Victory on Oct. 17, 2013. Last post by taichokage 9 months, 2 weeks ago.
Post by Marshal Victory (1,980 posts) See mini bio Level 13

from http://w(Reuters) - American director and producer Michael Bay was injured on Thursday in an attack in Hong Kong during filming for his latest Transformers movie.

Two brothers surnamed Mak, aged 27 and 28, approached Bay on the set during filming for the American science fiction film and the younger brother demanded payment of HK$100,000 ($12,900), a police spokeswoman told Reuters.

It was not immediately clear why the money was requested.

As a discussion ensued in a busy area of Hong Kong island, the elder Mak walked up and assaulted the director, the spokeswoman said. The elder brother then attacked three police officers who tried to intervene, she added.

The younger brother was arrested on suspicion of blackmail and assault, while the elder Mak was also arrested on suspicion of assault, she said.

Bay sustained injuries to the right side of his face, although he declined to seek treatment, the spokeswoman said, adding she did not believe his injuries were serious.

Filming continued after the dispute.

Bay was not available for comment. When Reuters visited the scene after the assault, the film crew and others working on the set declined to comment.

The three police officers were treated in hospital for minor injuries, while the younger Mak asked to be taken for treatment, saying he did not feel well.

Also arrested at the scene was a third man surnamed Chan.

All three are in custody and police are investigating.

(Reporting By Alexandra Hoegberg and Grace Li; Editing by Anne Marie Roantree and Robert Birsel)

Some are posting that they wanted compensation for the street where their resturant is ,for it being closed down for filiming.Probly not for the films .Tho that would have been a better story.

Post by taichokage (12,697 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Geez. The movies aren't so bad he needs to be attacked. Lol. Honestly I enjoyed all 3 so far just think they could've been a fair bit better. If the 4th Movie has Unicron though I'll be happy. That or Galvatron, but a 3rd revival of Megatron would be redundant. Maybe Super Starscream. Oh wait he was killed too. But on a serious note, I don't know who would attack an internationally famous director with police and undoubtedly security on set. Seems rather strange. Maybe the perpetrators aren't all the way there in the head.
Post by Acura_Max (2,323 posts) See mini bio Level 13
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@taichokage: Starscream's body may be destroyed, but his spark goes on.

Those guys who attacked Michael wanted to extort money from him. Plus, they were also on drugs. So, there's that.

News Update:

Paramount Statement:

“Contrary to several erroneous news reports made today, Bay did not get hurt in a fight on set,” said Paramount. “The production company did have a bizarre encounter with a man (allegedly under the influence of a narcotic substance) who was wielding an air conditioning unit as a weapon. The man, who had earlier accosted several other crew members, rushed onto the set in Quarry Bay and swung the air conditioning unit directly at Bay’s head. The director ducked and wrested the air conditioner from his attacker, preventing what could have been a serious accident. The company’s security team quickly stepped in and subdued the assault. The police, who also scuffled with the assailant and two of his companions, ultimately arrested the three men. No one on the cast or crew was injured and the production immediately resumed filming without further incident.”

Michael's Statement:

Hi, it’s Michael.
Yes, the story is being passed around is not all true! Yes, some drugged up guys were being belligerent asses to my crew for hours in the morning of our first shoot day in Hong Kong. One guy rolled metal carts into some of my actors trying to shake us down for thousands of dollars to not play his loud music or hit us with bricks.
Every vendor where we shot got paid a fair price for our inconvenience, but he wanted four times that amount. I personally told this man and his friends to forget it we were not going to let him extort us. He didn’t like that answer. So an hour later he came by my crew as we were shooting, carrying a long air conditioner unit. He walked right up to me and tried to smack my face, but I ducked threw the air unit on the floor and pushed him away. That’s when the security jumped on him. But it took seven big guys to subdue him. It was like a Zombie in Brad Pitt’s movie World War Z—he lifted seven guys up and tried to bite them. He actually bit into one of the guards Nike shoe, insane. Thank god it was an Air Max, the bubble popped, but the toe was saved.
Then it took fifteen Hong Kong cops in riot gear to deal with these punks. In all, four guys were arrested for assaulting the officers.
After that, we had a great day shooting here in Hong Kong. The place couldn’t be better.

Updated Source

Post by Marshal Victory (1,980 posts) See mini bio Level 13

@taichokage: Ya like i posted others are saying they own a resturant their where its filming .An the street is cut off so they have no buisness while the filming is going on.

Just saying i think they ( reuters) left that part out because it makes it look worse.An leaves open the posibility he was attacked because of the movies.Not seen them my self.Have watched reviews on them by Red letter media tho.Maybe when i get amazon prime ill loook into them.

Did love the cartoon series growing up tho.

Post by Marshal Victory (1,980 posts) See mini bio Level 13

@Acura_Max: Ya news any more is worse than in information war .The old rule was the 1st 3 reports are suspect.So were up to two versions now two more an we might know something real.

Post by MrDirector786 (4,500 posts) See mini bio Level 17

@taichokage said:

Geez. The movies aren't so bad he needs to be attacked. Lol. Honestly I enjoyed all 3 so far just think they could've been a fair bit better. If the 4th Movie has Unicron though I'll be happy. That or Galvatron, but a 3rd revival of Megatron would be redundant. Maybe Super Starscream. Oh wait he was killed too. But on a serious note, I don't know who would attack an internationally famous director with police and undoubtedly security on set. Seems rather strange. Maybe the perpetrators aren't all the way there in the head.

There won't be Unicron. The main villain has already been confirmed to be a human named Harold Attinger. There could be Galvatron, though, because Megatron's head was seen on set. That, or Megatron will just come back again. However, the Dinobots have been confirmed to be in it, which makes me happy.

Post by gtg12 (131 posts) See mini bio Level 8

Woah, Unicron may be in this movie?

Post by rein (5,465 posts) See mini bio Level 15

@gtg12: Not sure how they would pull Unicron off, he seems to big in scope for a live action movie.

Post by MrDirector786 (4,500 posts) See mini bio Level 17

@gtg12 said:

Woah, Unicron may be in this movie?

Nope. Galvatron, maybe. But no Unicron.

Post by Marshal Victory (1,980 posts) See mini bio Level 13

checked http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Soundwave_(G1)

guess he wasnt used in any of the movies?Probly would have to describe to kids what a cassete player was i supose.

Post by Kobra678 (2,974 posts) See mini bio Level 14

@MrDirector786 said:

@gtg12 said:

Woah, Unicron may be in this movie?

Nope. Galvatron, maybe. But no Unicron.

I'd be happy with either

Post by taichokage (12,697 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Human as the Villain of the 4th movie? That's a step backwards compared the Megatron, The Fallen and Sentinel Prime. But Bay must do Unicron in whatever his final movie is. You notice the trend that he's so often the final or main villain over Megatron? People including myself will be disappointed if there's no attempt at least.
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