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World War Z changed to avoid offending China?

04.01.2013by: Eric Walkuski

China is fast becoming the biggest international market for movies; in 2012, China passed Japan as the largest international source of box office revenue, contributing $2.7 billion. This makes it a territory Hollywood is eager to please (see: Marvel's recent changes to IRON MAN 3 for the country); more importantly, a territory Hollywood doesn't want to offend.

The Wrap is reporting today that Paramount executives have altered WORLD WAR Z slightly in order to avoid pissing China off (to put it bluntly). In the film, characters seeking to pinpoint the origin of a global undead epidemic point to China as the potential culprit. Evidently, the studio asked the movie's producers to cite a different country, in order to dodge any risk of China not showing the Marc Forster film at all.

This is a minor change that won't necessarily effect the movie one way or another, but it's telling, all the same: a studio is willing to compromise the filmmakers' artistic vision in an effort to please a market. While I realize studios are forever tampering with their products, it could be the start of an even more touchy trend of making sure certain countries/nationalities aren't insulted by certain material in films.

The Wrap article is quite interesting; check it out HERE.

Extra Tidbit: What do you think: big deal or who cares?
Source: The Wrap

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11:42PM on 04/01/2013
What makes me curious is if China will do the same like wise with their movies? I get the feeling that if its a propaganda film that may end up not being the case.
What makes me curious is if China will do the same like wise with their movies? I get the feeling that if its a propaganda film that may end up not being the case.
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7:01PM on 04/01/2013

Ugh

Christ I hate this kind of shit, pretty soon every single human enemy we fight will have to be from North Korea cuz we don't want to anger anyone that could see the movie. Then, if North Korea gets dealt with and we start showing movies there, every single enemy we fight will have to be aliens, or else we may piss someone off!
Christ I hate this kind of shit, pretty soon every single human enemy we fight will have to be from North Korea cuz we don't want to anger anyone that could see the movie. Then, if North Korea gets dealt with and we start showing movies there, every single enemy we fight will have to be aliens, or else we may piss someone off!
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1:52PM on 04/01/2013

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I think it is a big deal. But it isn't an entirely new thing in the film world, though the way it's being done for China does concern me a little.

On a film by film basis it can be a big deal or maybe nothing at all. With some movies they'll just cut out a line, others will cut out a few scenes or more, to make sure it doesn't offend a particular market. It sucks for audiences because you're not getting the original film, but the average movie goer won't be able to tell.

This happens to
I think it is a big deal. But it isn't an entirely new thing in the film world, though the way it's being done for China does concern me a little.

On a film by film basis it can be a big deal or maybe nothing at all. With some movies they'll just cut out a line, others will cut out a few scenes or more, to make sure it doesn't offend a particular market. It sucks for audiences because you're not getting the original film, but the average movie goer won't be able to tell.

This happens to foreign films released in the US all the time. They'll shorten a movie because it's deemed "too long for American audiences" (which is extremely silly), or they'll trim the sex scenes so they're not as explicit. They even do it based on "themes". The US theatrical release of "The Professional" aka Leon went through this.

What concerns me about the way studios are dealing with China, like in the case of Iron Man, is that they seem to be going out of their way to add scenes to appeal specifically to China. I know they're starting to finance a lot of Hollywood films, but how far are US films going to go out of their way just to add scenes to kiss China's ass?
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