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China Bans Release Of ‘Ghostbusters’ Over Too Many Ghosts

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The controversial girl power reboot of “Ghostbusters” will not be released in China due to censorship guidelines that prohibit films that “promote cults or superstition,” a lingering set of rules from the Communist Party’s secular ideology, writes the Hollywood Reporter.

If there’s two things that mess with people’s heads, it’s death and vagina. But before we jump to “fear of ghosts” = “fear of women” translations, the original “Ghostbusters” didn’t have a theatrical release in China either.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

The original Bill Murray-starring 1984 classic, which never screened theatrically in China, was translated as “捉鬼敢死队,” five characters literally meaning “Ghost Catcher Dare Die Team.” The sequels followed suit. The reboot, however, has been reworked as “超能敢死队,” meaning “Super Power Dare Die Team.”

Sources close to China Film Co., the state-owned film company in charge of foreign film releases, said that censorship wasn’t the main issue. They just didn’t think the Chinese would be all that into it.china-bans-ghostbusters-compressed

More from THR:

“It’s been confirmed that Ghostbusters won’t be coming to China, because they think it’s not really that attractive to Chinese audiences,” says one Chinese executive. “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,” the exec adds.

China is the most populous country in the world and is ranked number two among film markets, so there’s a lot of money at stake. “Ghostbusters” cost about $144 million to make, yet with expected opening weekend earnings between $38 million to $50 million, our stars should be just fine raking in money in spooky America.

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