A ‘Mission’ to China

Par presses censor for review

With Tom Cruise due in China at the end of this month to complete principal photography on “Mission: Impossible 3,” Paramount is moving to ensure the country is part of pic’s simultaneous worldwide release in May.

Par execs have asked the China Film Group for an expedited censorship review, the Sina.com news site reported Thursday.

“M:I3” would be the third film to include China in a synchronized bow after “The Matrix Revolutions” and “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith.”

China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television must approve the film for release but must agree to the early review necessary for simultaneous release.

Simultaneous or early bows help films get the drop on pirates, who can put U.S. blockbusters on the street in China within three to four days of their North American release.

The shooting schedule and location had not yet been confirmed, as the choice of domestic partner has changed more than once. But a team has reportedly arrived in Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai.

“M:I3” script calls for exteriors of Shanghai landmarks including the Oriental Pearl television tower; the Jin Mao Tower, China’s tallest building; and the Huangpu River, which flows through Shanghai.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety