It’s one of the biggest box-office markets in the world, but the Merc With a Mouth is apparently a bit too risqué for Chinese moviegoers.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool film has been denied release in the country due to “violence, nudity and graphic language.” Considering the studio is putting together a fairly hard-R adaptation of the X-Men spinoff, it's not much of a surprise that China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) would give the film a thumbs-down.
But Marvel movies have performed well there (Avengers: Age of Ultron scored $240 million in the market), so it seemed there might’ve been a chance they could work out a deal for an edited cut. Per the report, they apparently tried that in this case, but it apparently “wasn't possible to excise the offending material without causing plot problems.” Which is actually kind of awesome, when you think about it.
This movie is so bats**t crazy that cutting out the naughty bits would literally make it unintelligible. Doesn’t that make you a bit more excited for this one to open on Feb. 12?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)