​World War Z Altered To Favor Chinese Censorship

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April 3, 2013
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An altered version of World War Z is on the way after Paramount asked the producers to remove a reference to China in a scene in which the characters discuss the possible origins of a zombie pandemic.

The studio advised the movie producers to drop the reference and cite a different country as a possible source of the pandemic. The report comes after Skyfall was heavily altered to satisfy Chinese censorship. China is the 2nd largest market for movies behind the U.S.

Movies such as “Men In Black 3,” “Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End” and “Mission: Impossible 3″ were also altered for Chinese consumption.

But The Changes to World War Z would appear to revise the content of the film not only in China but also in the rest of the world, including the United States.

While some analysts have argued that increased competition from U.S. films may encourage Chinese censors to relax their policies, only this week it was disclosed that a retrospective of Andy Warhol’s work, which has begun a two-year Asia tour, will omit Warhol’s portraits of Mao Tse-tung.

The state-run newspaper Global Times protested in February that one of the portraits suggested that Mao wore lipstick and was therefore disrespectful.

In a statement to the Wall Street Journal Eric Shiner, director of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, which has organized the Asian tour, voiced no criticism of the Chinese action, saying only, “We understand that certain imagery is still not able to be shown in China and we respect our host institutions’ decisions.”