Well, it seems China just may be afraid of some ghosts. In some bizarre news, it has been reported that China has banned the release of the Paul Feig Ghostbusters reboot. Which is likely to put a dent into box office takings now considering that the country is now one of the biggest film markets in the world.
And the reason for the ban is because the China Film Bureau can turn down films that, in their eyes, “promote cults or superstition.” And with the subject matter dealing very much with the supernatural, it does unfortunately fall right into this category. Ghostbuster’s is not the first film to fall foul of the Chinese censors for this reason – last year Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak, was also banned in China and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest also suffered the same fate as the movie dealt with the spirit world.
There is apparently a way around this ban if the ghostly apparitions with a drug- or psychosis-induced trip. Given that the ghosts in this film are based more on science and phantasms that is likely not going to happen. However, it’s not all bad news, as many analysts felt the film was unlikely to do much business in the country as Chinese people are not familiar with the first two movies and so the reboot wouldn’t have much appeal in the country.
There are also conflicting reports from Sony who claim they haven’t even been submitted to the Chinese Film Bureau yet. So, these may just be rumours and bad publicity to scare people away from the film, though even if it hasn’t been submitted for review yet, chances are it wouldn’t make it past the censors.
Its disappointing news for what is reportedly a great film. There is still a lot of money to be made in the other markets and especially in the US, so hopefully if the film is as good as everyone says it is, it will still have plenty of opportunity to turn a profit. The film is releasing in the US this weekend and with The Secret Life of Pets breaking records, the Ghostbusters certainly have their hands full with challenges.
Last Updated: July 15, 2016