None of us saw this one coming. This morning, Paramount Pictures, Central Partnership and Moscow International Film Festival are announced that Transformers: Dark of the Moon, directed by Michael Bay, will open the 33rd Moscow International Film Festival.
Undoubtedly a major coup for both the Moscow International Film Festival and Paramount, who have an element of legitimacy added to the forthcoming blockbuster, this will be the first the world sees of the 3D epic. Determined to get rid of the taste of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, a film that even director Michael Bay has disowned, this is a major step in the publicity push behind this tent-pole in Paramount’s 2011 calendar.
Leonid Vereschagin, General Producer of the Festival, had this to say: “Transformers: Dark of the Moon at the Opening of the MIFF is an exception event. This is the first time the MIFF is opened not just by an American blockbuster with a Hollywood cast but by a world premiere of the film. This event will have global coverage attended by more than 150 journalists from all over the world. All this indicates the recognition of not only the MIFF but the Russian film market in general by the world film industry”.
According to the press: “The third installment in this highly anticipated franchise will be presented in Moscow by director Michael Bay, producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce, as well as the film’s stars Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, and John Malkovich. The world premiere of Transformers: Dark of the Moon will be presented in 3D. Media from around the globe is expected to cover the event”.
The band Linkin Park will also be doing a special outdoor concert at Vasilyevsky Spusk of the Red Square in Moscow to celebrate the release.
The MIFF Opening Gala will take place in Moscow at Pushkinsky Cinema Theater on Thursday 23 June 2011.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon will release in Australia on 29 June 2011 from Paramount.