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UPDATE: Paramount has asked us to remove the synopsis, and says the information contained within it was inaccurate. The original article, synopsis removed, is below, though it's based on information that we've now been informed is incorrect.
The state of Michigan continues offering serious financial incentives for film productions to set up shop within their borders, and now they've landed a seriously big fish. The Michigan Film Office announced today at their website that Transformers 4 has been approved for a film incentive from the state, and will start shooting in metro Detroit this spring.
Along with the announcement comes what amounts to the film's first plot synopsis.
That's all vague enough to be pretty much anything, but it's surprising not to read anything about the character who will be played by Jack Reynor, the youngun who will be replacing Shia LaBeouf for the film's younger viewers. For that matter it's hard to know where there will be a role for Mark Wahlberg, who's been touted as the lead for the new film but who usually doesn't play anyone you'd think of as either a scientist or a businessman. That said, it's not hard to imagine Wahlberg and Reynor as the scrappy rebels who tell the scientists and businessmen to quit messing with the boundaries of technology, since inevitably that'll lead to the return of the robots from space they've been trying to avoid.
Transformers 4 is projected to spend $81 million within the state of Michigan alone, which means that once again we're looking at a massive, massive production-- though maybe a bit smaller than the last one, as Bay has promised. The movie is set for release in June of next year.