Paramount just weighed in with me to say that the injured extra was not involved in the stunt, that her car was not involved in the stunt, that a "freak accident caused her injury", that she and her car were more than 500 feet from the stunt, that she was struck by a flying metal object whose welding had come apart and not by a steel towing cable, that the stunt from Tuesday had to be repeated Wednesday because of a "timing issue" and not because it had failed, and that "nobody has done movies more safely than Michael Bay". The studio, however, could not explain why its version of events was so at odds with the local police and media reports. "We feel horrible that anyone was injured and will take all appropriate action," a Paramount exec told me.Personally I think there a way to many unknowns so until official information is revealed from investigators, Paramount and hopefully a statement from a fully recovered Cedillo, I am going to continue to hold judgment. Thanks to AiC Hokie for the update.
It seems Transformers 3 filming in Washington, DC remains jinxed as once again the planned three day shoot is delayed a week. According to Politico, the start date has shifted from September 27th to October 4th. On the bright side we know have more information on the planned locations. Thanks to Ann for the link.
The dates could change again, of course. But the crew has at least managed to nail down some filming locations, including the National Mall, near the monuments, outside the American Red Cross National Headquarters and outside DAR Constitution Hall, located just across from the Ellipse.
The National Park Service has made it difficult for Paramount Pictures to secure permission to film some scenes, including a race around the Mall. Hollinger said, however, that the studio is “still talking to the National Park Service to refine the requests to possibly get more flexibility.”
Florida's 13News reports that Brevard County and the Kennedy Space Center will begin prep for its scheduled turn with Transformers 3 next week. "Director Michael Bay will begin shooting portions of "Transformers 3" on the Space Coast in mid-to-late September. The Space Coast Film Commission told News 13 production specialists may begin arriving as early as next week to begin preparations." Thanks to Ann for the link.