Paramount’s Bumblebee, which received nearly $22.4 million in state tax incentives, pumped nearly $85 million into California’s economy, employing more than 2,800 local workers who took home more than $50 million in wages, according to data released by the studio. The Transformers prequel, which supported 1,250 local vendors, spent 189 days on location in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Solano, Inyo, Mammoth and Santa Cruz.
“When it comes to the latest installment of the Transformers franchise, there’s more than meets the eye,” said MPAA chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin. “The production of this film not only directly employed thousands of creative professionals, it also spent tens of millions of dollars at local businesses throughout the state – adding to California’s already robust creative economy.”
According to Paramount, the production spent more than $25.5 million on local rentals and purchases for set decoration, production and other supplies; $1.8 million on lodging; $1.7 million on hardware and lumber supplies; nearly $1.4 million on transportation, including truck/car rentals and gasoline; and $590,000 on local catering and other food items for the cast and crew.
“America’s creative industries provide entertainment around the world while creating more than $1.2 trillion in economic activity right here at home. And none of it would be possible without the thousands of below-the-line craftspeople, artists, engineers, and more who work on the film,” said congresswoman Judy Chu, co-chair of the Creative Rights Caucus. “Films like Bumblebee employ thousands of local vendors and spend millions on lodging, food, transportation, and wages. The local impact of the film industry for my district is huge, and I’m so proud to support the film industry and other creative industries.”
Bumblebee, which opens in theaters today, was directed by Travis Knight and written by Christina Hodson. It stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr. and Dylan O’Brien as the voice of yellow-and-black Transformer.