Another Hollywood production is undergoing a nip and a tuck to please the growing Chinese movie market. Will any actor stand up and defend his or her right to creative expression in this new age of cinematic appeasement?
We’re not holding our breath.
Until then, we can share news that a scene in the upcoming zombie feature World War Z is being changed because it could–gasp–alarm a portion of the Chinese film market.
In the offending scene, characters debate the geographic origin of an outbreak that caused a zombie apocalypse and point to China, a Paramount executive told TheWrap.
Normally the detail would not have merited discussion at the top echelons of the studio. But given the fast-rising prominence of the Chinese market, state censorship and the quotas for U.S. releases, the studio advised the movie producers to drop the reference to China and cite a different country as a possible source of the pandemic, an executive with knowledge of the film told TheWrap.