'Smaller Transformers' film to shoot in PH

Posted at 08/15/12 3:42 PM

Another 'Survivor' to showcase PH islands

MANILA, Philippines -- After the recently released action film "The Bourne Legacy," which featured numerous scenes in Manila, another Hollywood production is set to film in the Philippines, according to the local producer of the Jeremy Renner hit.

A significant portion of "Bourne Legacy" showcased the bustling Philippine capital

Lope "Jun" Juban, Jr., the Philippine producer of "Bourne," said an upcoming Hollywood movie, which he described as similar to the blockbuster film franchise "Transformers," will be shooting scenes in the country.

"[It's] a smaller version of 'Transformers,'" Juban told the Philippine Daily Inquirer. "It will probably be shot on location, in Subic or Clark."

Juban expressed mixed emotions, following recent criticisms hurled at "Bourne" for showing the poverty in the Philippines.

"I'm happy and worried at the same time. I hope the Filipino audience will like 'Bourne Legacy,'" said Juban, who is part of Philippine Film Studios, Inc.

'Big league'

While critical reception to "Bourne" has been mixed, Juban has fond memories of being part of a "big league" movie production.

"This is the big league. In basketball, this is the NBA. I learned a lot from the experience," he said. "I was just a small speck in the whole production; I felt flattered that [the foreign producers] listened to all my suggestions." 

One such suggestion resulted in a scene in "Bourne" showcasing the beauty of El Nido, Palawan. 

Seen as a tourism endorsement of sorts, this closing scene in the film won't be the last international audiences will see of the Philippine's natural treasures.

According to Juban, another international edition of the reality competition "Survivor" is set to shoot in the Philippines in 2013.

The US version of "Survivor" recently shot two seasons in Caramoan Islands in Camarines Sur.

"Our company just did two seasons of 'Survivor US.' We will do 'Survivor Israel' again next year," Juban said.