(NEW YORK) — The all-female Ghostbusters has finally arrived, but the world’s #2 film market won’t be seeing it.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Sony reboot has been denied a release in China.
China’s neo-Communist censorship guidelines prohibit films that “promote cults or superstition,” and the country’s censors have been known to use this provision for banning films that feature ghosts or supernatural beings.
Which is a shame, considering how the movie’s title translates.
The original 1984 Bill Murray classic, which also was never screened theatrically in China, translated in Chinese characters that literally mean “Ghost Catcher Dare Die Team.” The new reboot has been reworked in characters that translate as “Super Power Dare Die Team.”
An unidentified Chinese executive told the magazine, “It’s confirmed that Ghostbusters won’t be coming to China, because they think it’s not really that attractive to Chinese audiences. 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.”
Another possible reason you won’t see Super Power Dare Die Team in China? Women in lead roles is something China hasn’t been comfortable with historically.
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