Transformers: The Last Knight is an upcoming 2017 American science fiction-action film based on the Transformers toy line. Let’s see some amazing facts and trivia about it!
1.In March 2015, Deadline.com reported that Paramount Pictures was in talks with Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) to pitch new ideas for the Transformers franchise’s future installments. The studio intends to do what James Cameron and 20th Century Fox have been doing to spawn three new Avatar sequels, and what Disney is doing to revive Star Wars with sequels and spin-offs. Paramount wants to have their own cinematic universe for Transformers similar to Marvel’s Marvel Cinematic Universe and Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe.
2. In July 2015, Akiva Goldsman & Jeff Pinkner were announced as the film’s screenwriters
3. However, on November 20, due to Goldsman’s commitments creating a writer’s room for G.I. Joe and Micronauts properties, Paramount began to negotiate with Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), as well as Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), to write the film. Writers Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet were also brought aboard for writing duties.
4. After Transformers: Age of Extinction, Bay had decided not to direct any future Transformers films. But in early January 2016, in an interview with Rolling Stone, he confirmed that he would return to direct the fifth film, and that it would be his last Transformers film.
5. Paramount Pictures will spend $80 million on production in Michigan in return for $21 million in state incentives under agreements entered into before the state legislature eliminated the film office incentive program in July 2015.
6. In April 2016, Paramount hired cinematographer Jonathan Sela.
7. On May 17, Bay revealed the official title of the film to be The Last Knight on his Instagram account, along with a production video showing a close-up of what is presumably Optimus Prime’s face with purple eyes instead of blue, and his face mostly discolored.
8. The official Twitter account shows a 19-second short video in morse code that translates to “I’m coming for you May 31”. On May 31, it was revealed that Megatron will be returning for the sequel.
9. In December 2014, Mark Wahlberg confirmed that he would return for the sequel.
10. In February 2016, there were casting calls for new lead and supporting roles in Los Angeles and London, as well Peter Cullen returning to voice Optimus Prime. Approximately 850 cast and crew will be hired, 450 of whom will be Michigan residents equating to 228 full-time positions.
11. Additionally, 700 extras will be hired from among Detroit residents as part of Paramount’s incentive deal with the state. On April 13, TheWrap reported that Isabela Moner was in talks to star as Izabella.
12. The site also reports that Bay is eyeing Jean Dujardin, Stephen Merchant, and Jerrod Carmichael for supporting roles.
13. On May 17, 2016, it was confirmed that Josh Duhamel would reprise his role in the film and Jerrod Carmichael was cast. In June 2016, Anthony Hopkins, Mitch Pileggi, Santiago Cabrera, and Laura Haddock joined the cast; and Tyrese Gibson confirmed that he will be returning as Robert Epps.
14. In August 2016, Liam Garrigan is confirmed to reprise his role as King Arthur from the television series Once Upon a Time. On September 4, 2016, Stanley Tucci confirmed his return.
15. On October 14, 2016, Bay announced that John Turturro would be reprising his role as Seymour Simmons from the first three films, as well as John Goodman, who will return to voice Hound
16. Principal photography began on May 25, 2016, in Havana, Cuba, with a few scenes shot by a “small team”.
17. Filming continued on June 6, 2016, in Phoenix, Arizona, and on June 19, 2016, in Detroit, Michigan under the working title E75,with additional filming took place in Chicago, Illinois.
18. In Detroit, filming took place in the Michigan Motion Pictures Studio, Packard Plant, Michigan Central Station, Cafe D’Mongo’s Speakeasy, and MGM Grand Detroit.
19. Production moved to Europe on August 21, and filming commenced on August 22 in Scotland, Wales, North Yorkshire Newcastle upon Tyne and Northumberland. Filming took place in London and Stonehenge in England, Ireland, Preikestolen, Trolltunga and Atlanterhavsveien in Norway between August to October.
20. In early September 2016, filming took place in Alnwick Castle in Alnwick Northumberland in England including car chase scenes. Production continued at St Aidan’s Church, Seahouses where Walhberg spent an hour inside the church and reportedly donated £200.
21. Car chases were also filmed at the monument area of Newcastle upon Tyne, where Josh Duhamel was filming while Wahlberg and Sir Anthony Hopkins continued at Alnwick, Seahouses and the Bamburgh Region of Northumberland.
22. In late September 2016 filming was spotted in Gosport, Hampshire at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum. On 5 October 2016 filming was spotted at St Bartholomew-the-Great, London. London filming wrapped on October 27, 2016. Principal photography wrapped on December 4, 2016.
23. As with previous Transformers installments, Industrial Light & Magic will serve as the main visual effects company for Transformers: The Last Knight. In early 2016, the company showed Bay an underwater rendering of a crash-landed alien spaceship and a new dump-truck Transformer with a cloak
24. On September 27, it was confirmed that Steve Jablonsky will return to write the score, having composed the music of the first four films
25. On September 21, 2016, shooting for a particular scene took place in Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire in England, home of World War II British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
26. However, the mansion was dressed as a swastika-draped headquarters for Adolf Hitler for filming. This evoked both anger and criticism for being “symbolically disrespectful to Churchill” according to Colonel Richard Kemp who said Churchill “will be turning in his grave,” while Tony Hayes of the UK Veterans Association claimed that surviving World War II ex-servicemen and women would be “appalled.” The Sun published numerous pictures from the set. War veterans further attacked filmmakers for turning the historic palace into a headquarter for Hitler. Besides the swastika flags, The Sun reported the set featured actors in Nazi troop costumes and German tanks. Churchill was buried less than a mile away at St Martin’s Church, Bladon.
27. Nicholas Soames, grandson of Churchill, defended the film-makers by describing the fallout as “a completely manufactured row” and “absolutely the most dismal, idiotic story I’ve ever read”.
28. Filmmakers spent a reported £10,000 ($13,000) per day for the fortnight shooting. The house, which is open to the public, is owned by a distant relative of Winston Churchill, Jamie Spencer-Churchill, 12th Duke of Marlborough.