Police are searching for three men in connection with a second blackmail attempt on the production crew of Transformers: Age of Extinction.My guess is the various gangs in the area figured the mostly American crew would be easy marks. I am surprised that China's government has not sent the word out that the TF4 production is off limits after the 1st incident. After all the government is part of the driving force behind the TF4 co-production agreement. Partly for economic reasons and partly to help create a positive PR for the country. Incidents like this do nothing to help that goal.
One of the suspects was arrested while three others fled when police were called on Tuesday.
A week ago several men roughed up US director Michael Bay and some crew members. There are fears the incidents may tarnish the image of Hong Kong in the movie world.
In the most recent incident, the crew were preparing to film on the roof of I-Feng Mansion on To Kwa Wan Road when four men showed up around 2.30pm and demanded money with threats.
A female manager called the police who arrived minutes later and arrested a 35-year-old, surnamed Tse.
Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild honorary president Cheung Tung-joe described the incidents as shocking.
Cheung said he had rarely heard of directors being threatened in the past 10 years, but maybe those involved in the recent cases believed they could make big money from a foreign production team.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Another Extortion Attempt Made On Transformers 4 Production
Once again Hong Kong, China shows its ugly side as a crew of four attempted to extort money from Transformers: Age of Extinction production. This sounds like a repeat of last week's attempt. One of the four involved have been arrested with police looking for the other three. No violence or injuries reported. From Hong Kong's The Standard: