China Bans 'Ghostbusters' According to Reportsby HaydnSpurrell
Reports are indicating that Paul Feig's rebooted Ghostbusters film is not going to be crossing the shores to China, where Hollywood blockbusters are reeling a huge amount of overseas cash from as of late.
It is unclear as to what the reason is behind the ban, only that China's censorship guidelines can prohibit films that "promote cults or superstition." Guillermo' del Toro's Crimson Peak saw similar issues, as well as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (which was banned for showing living spirits). At World's End was cut down to allow for the release.
THR is reporting that, via their own sources, regulators simply believe the film will do too poorly to warrant release. ”Most of the Chinese audience didn’t see the first and second movies, so they don’t think there’s much market for it here,” an exec said.
Deadline is, however, reporting that Sony has commented that the film hasn't even been submitted for China release yet. We'll hopefully learn more in the coming days.