July 29 2016 11:19 AM

Lansing power station misses chance to appear in ‘Transformers’ movie

FRIDAY, July 29 — Just month’s after East Lansing’s Broad Art Museum made its silver screen debut in “Batman v Superman,” another iconic Greater Lansing narrowly missed an opportunity to appear in a big-budget movie.

Otto E. Eckert Station
Courtesy photo
In an email chain obtained by City Pulse, a representative from Paramount Pictures was in correspondence with representatives from the City of Lansing and the Lansing Police Department to arrange filming of a scene for “Transformers 5: The Last Knight” at Lansing Board of Water and Light’s Otto E. Eckert Station. The station, known for its three towering smokestacks, sits on the Grand River south of downtown.

According to the email chain, the scene would have used Island Avenue west of Washington Avenue and would have involved a “car chase sequence.” The representative was also seeking FAA clearance to film from a helicopter.

“Transformers 5” is filming this summer in Detroit. The filming in Lansing was originally planned for July 18, then pushed back to today but now appears to be canceled.

“We just confirmed, since we are behind on our Detroit work, we will not be able to film in Lansing at all,” wrote the representative in an email sent this morning. “Maybe we’ll make it back on Transformers 6.”