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Some people don't want others to have nice things in life. That seems to be the rule here with news forwarded by THR that 20th Century Fox's upcoming Marvel superhero thriller, Deadpool, has been denied a release in China.
The news comes from sources close to China Film Group that State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) banned the film from showing in the country due to its graphic violence, nudity and offensive language. China normally works with Hollywood studios to provide edits to approve viewing in the region, and reportedly there was no way for Fox and China censors to approve a decent, cleaner cut of the film without ruining the overall plot of the film.
Thanks to an unyielding push by lead actor Ryan Reynolds and fans far and wide along with a leaked test video from Blur Studios, the film has been confirmed an R rating by the MPAA as of last April. Reynolds and Fox have since begun a heavy-handed campaign to promote the film, now with a slate of TV spots following a glorious red-band trailer in December.
What sucks here is that China is the second biggest market for superhero movies with results boding well for its previous showings of last year's Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Peyton Reed's Ant-Man. It's also one of the biggest areas in the world where piracy runs rampant and has proven quite problematic for Hollywood studios. That said, there's no telling if or when the ban will get an about-face in some form or another, but unless this happens, pirates are going to do what they do.
I don't condone piracy, but this the reality we're faced with until China does away with its up/down state censors. Like the old Chinese saying goes... “if you want to attract a bird, first build a nest,”. Well, it's high time they did that...or maybe Reynolds can find a way to broker the deal himself in costume, which would be terrific publicity in my opinion should it work. Probably not but...one can dream.
Directed by Tim Miller, Deadpool releases to bird lovers everywhere else except China on February 12.
Still to the surprise of many is the forthcoming second installment of the Escape Plan trilogy - Steven C. Miller's Escape Plan 2: Hades, following Mikael Håfström's initial 2013 hit pairing Sylvester Stallone with Arnold Schwarzenegger. A third was announced back in April and news this week now confirms the start of principal photography for upcoming threequel, Escape Plan 3: Devil's Station with Death And Life Of Bobby Z and 15 Minutes director John Herzfeld at the helm.
The new movie sees Stallone and actor Dave Bautista reprising their roles from a script by Herzfeld and screenwriter Miles Chapman which sees the two pairing up once again to break out one of their own from an inescapable prison. The two will be joined on screen by actor and martial artist Max Zhang whose credits span various facets in film from stunt double to principal actor with credits such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Soi Cheng's S.P.L. 2: A Time For Conseuqences (a.k.a. Kill Zone 2), and…
I did a lot of work this weekend. So, don't be surprised if things slow down a bit for me this week. At best, I might be able to pace myself and keep going but a little me-time also suffices.
For now, at least you have this week's installment of the Hit List to relieve your boredom. Demos, goods to promote and much more are on the way starting with a fresh new batch of stunt and training reels ripe with great talent featuring Saidqua Bynum, Dan Mast, Evelyn Osorio Vacaro, Brandon Ly, Hong Berghof (more on her later), Tim Storms, Dina Cataldi, Clancy Petersen, Katie Schwartz, Taylor Castriota, Carlton Hoyles, Sia Alipour, and a 2017 reel celebrating progress over at New York's Breakfall Studios.
Moving forward, we have two new items to help push, and we start the most recent poster debut for actress and martial artist Bridger Fox's latest turn at the helm, Assassin's Curse. The new action short is well underway ahead of its forthcoming 10X10 Filmmaker Challenge prem…
With the upcoming rollout or Jesse Johnson's The Pay Up, Accident Man and Triple Threat in his wake, leave it to action star Scott Adkins to help carry the mantle with word on the upcoming action thriller revisal, Sinners & Saints: Vengeance. Adkins will reunite once more with Chad Law-penned Jarhead 3: The Siege helmer William Kaufman who, in turn, reunites with actor Johnny Strong who led the initial 2011 revenge cop thriller.
The film aims as a stand-alone sequel which tells of a New Orleans detective who journeys to Moscow to avenge the murder of his partner at the hands of a syndicate enforcer with the help of an old war buddy, and the enforcer's lover. Law, whose writing credits also include Kaufman's zombie hit thriller, Daylight's End and Isaac Florentine's Adkins-led home invasion action pic, Close Range, is scripting with Saints And Sinners scribe Jay Moses ahead of the film's Bulgarian shoot this Winter.