Age of Litigation: Chongqing Wulong Karst Tourism announces its suit against Paramount at a press conference in Beijing, July 23. (Photo/CNS)
A scenic area in Chongqing municipality on Tuesday sued the producers of Transformers: Age of Extinction for failing to show its name in the movie.
According to the Chongqing Wulong Karst Tourism (Group) Co Ltd, the Wulong Scenic Area has filed a lawsuit at Chongqing No.3 Intermediate People's Court, accusing Paramount Pictures Corporation and Beijing-based 1905 Internet Technology Co Ltd, another of the film's producers, of violating the contract. The court has accepted the suit.
The area asked Paramount Pictures to show the logo "China Wulong" in the blockbuster in all DVDs, TV and digital platforms, and demanded producers return 4.8 million yuan (about US$770,000) of contract payment.
Moreover, it has demanded producers bear its claimed economic losses of 4 million yuan (US$640,000) as the area was closed to the public for several days while filming took place, and to compensate its expected profit losses of 12 million yuan (US$1.94 million).
The Chongqing company claimed that producers promised to show the name of the scenic spot on the screen, but the logo was nowhere to be found after Transformers debuted.
The film also combined the site of Wulong with some scenes shot in Hong Kong, causing some confusion among the audience.
Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth installment in the robot movie franchise, has taken more than 1.9 billion yuan (US$307 million) since its debut on June 27.