Southwestern China city Chongqing is set to invest RMB 15B ($2.17B) to build a film and television industry development including studio space, tourist town, theme park, training center and offices. State news agency, Xinhua, reports the park will be based in the mountainous Wulong County (whose Wulong Karst National Park is famous for having been a location in Transformers: Age Of Extinction and then suing producers because the park’s logo was not shown on screen). Construction is due to begin early next year with partners from “about a dozen foreign countries” participating in operation, per Xinhua. Project manager Tan Nianshen said the industry park will boost cooperation between Chinese and foreign film enterprises and incorporate online entertainment, gaming, virtual reality and augmented reality technologies. The news comes as China aims to become an international shooting destination; Wanda recently touted a 40% enticement for productions filming at its Qingdao Movie Metropolis which is due to open in August 2018.
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