Getting a movie released in China is not easy for Hollywood movies.
There’s a quota of films that are allowed to be released in the country every year (34 to be exact) and getting your film into that list is nigh on impossible.
There are a bunch of criteria that the film has to adhere to in order to be released in the Chinese market.
For instance, movies cannot feature ghosts, witches or any references to the Devil if they want to be released in China.
You also need Chinese partners in order to get a film released in China, meaning that a Chinese production company has to be involved in the movie.
Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot in Death On The Nile
There are a bunch of other criteria you have to adhere to in order to get your movie released in the Chinese market.
Not even the biggest movie of the year – Spider-Man: No Way Home – didn’t manage to get a Chinese release.
So, it’s not easy, but somehow, Disney’s Death On The Nile has been able to get a theatrical Chinese release.
Death On The Nile is being released in cinemas in China
This movie has been in all sorts of trouble over the years.
The movie was originally made by 20th Century Fox, however, it then ended up in Disney’s hands after the House Of Mouse acquired Fox.
Then there was the whole Army Hammer controversy that made releasing the movie very tricky.
It’s not like they could edit him out of the film, so they’re probably reducing his screen time as much as they possibly can.
We’re going to have to wait and see what happens with this movie.
The movie stars and is directed by Kenneth Branagh, who stars as the great Belgium detective, Hercule Poirot.
He directed the first movie, Murder On The Orient Express, which ended up being a pretty big hit at the box office and with Poirot fans.
What do you make of this news?
Are you going to be seeing Death On The Nile when it’s released on February 11th in the UK and the US?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.