It's a well-known fact that director Michael Bay likes to blow things up. Movies like Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, and the Transformers series all bear witness to this fact. So it's no surprise that when Bay requested permission to shoot on the Washington Mall for the upcoming third robot flick, National Park Service officials were less than welcoming.
Something tells me those might not be the right locations for "simulated" explosions.
Bill Line, Park Service spokesman, said the producers "have asked to do some things that simply are not done on the National Mall," among them staging a "car race" along the Mall's gravel paths and flooding it with artificial light in order to shoot at night.
"A lot of this could be more appropriately shot in a Hollywood studio," Line told the Post. "The National Mall is not an area in which Americans come to see high-tech action movies being shot."
Movies running into issues shooting in and around cities is nothing new. Back in 2007, filming in Hong Kong for the Batman movie The Dark Knight, came up against angry officials who were worried about the noise and light pollution the seven-day shoot would cause the city.
Nevertheless, money may ultimately make the Park Service back down -- or at least greatly reduce the amount of time given to Bay to film the action sequences. It's estimated that Transformers 3 could have the greatest economic impact on the city of any film; bringing in more than the $7.5 million generated by 2008's State of Play.
So D.C. residents, are you ready to have your National Mall transformed for Michael Bay's new flick?