The rumors swirling around Beijing for the past few weeks are right: “Jurassic Park III” will be the first U.S. film to be released in China by the Shanghai Film Group.
But don’t conclude this marks the beginning of the long-awaited reform of the distribution system in China after the government vowed last June to abolish China Film’s monopoly on distributing foreign films.
Late last week Shanghai Group officials confirmed they’d been told by the China Film Bureau they’ll get to distribute the dinopic — but purely as a reward for the group’s efforts in handling a large number of Chinese films in recent years.
“It’s not an experiment or (a step toward) reform in releasing movies,” says a Shanghai insider.
The Shanghai Group and other provincial studios are still feuding with China Film over who will get the new distrib licenses promised by the government.
The outcome remains up in the air. “We continue to hear heavy rumbling behind those closed doors. The fight continues,” says one U.S. major rep.