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Fearing Chinese Censors, Paramount Changes ‘World War Z’ (Exclusive)

Fearing Chinese Censors, Paramount Changes ‘World War Z’ (Exclusive)

Fearing Chinese Censors, Paramount Changes ‘World War Z’ (Exclusive)

Lucas Shaw | March 31, 2013

When executives at Paramount viewed the latest cut of the $175 million Brad Pitt zombie film “World War Z,” they were not concerned by the violence or its reengineered ending. They were worried about a minor plot point that involved a sensitive topic: China.

In the offending scene, characters debate the geographic origin of an outbreak that caused a zombie apocalypse and point to China, a Paramount executive told TheWrap.

Normally the detail would not have merited discussion at the top echelons of the studio. But given the fast-rising prominence of the Chinese market, state censorship and the quotas for U.S. releases, the studio advised the movie producers to drop the reference to China and cite a different country as a possible source of the pandemic, an executive with knowledge of the film told TheWrap.

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