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"Transformers 3" Won't Return to Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Film crews for the movie “Transformers 3” will not return to Milwaukee this month, as previously scheduled.

Crews used the Milwaukee Art Museum in July as a backdrop for scenes with Patrick Dempsey and Shia LaBeouf. And they considered blowing up Milwaukee’s former Tower Automotive plant for another scene.

But changes were made to the August production schedule, and Dave Fantle of the group Film Wisconsin says the producers found it impractical to come back. The group figures that last month’s filming added a million dollars to Milwaukee’s economy – even though “Transformers 3” was not eligible for a state tax break.

The movie is scheduled to be released next summer. Fantle said he thanked director Michael Bay for filming in Wisconsin, even though the previous tax credits were reduced by Governor Jim Doyle and the Legislature in the current state budget.

He told Bay his group would work with the new governor elected this fall to bring, “more economic impact and jobs to the state through the desirable business of film and television.”

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