London: Director Michael Bay has been denied permission to film action sequences for the third instalment of his successful sci-fi ‘Transformers’ near the White House.
A movie database website reports that the filmmaker wanted to stage a car-chase sequence in and around the National Mall, an open-area national park in downtown Washington, but his request has been turned down by city officials and security experts.
Bill Line, a spokesperson for the Park Service, confirmed Bay was told his plans would have to change.
"A lot of this could be more appropriately shot in a Hollywood studio. The National Mall is not an area in which Americans come to see high-tech action movies being shot," said Line.