The News coming out of China at the moment is that James Cameron’s sci-fi blockbuster Avatar is to be banned from cinemas, despite what has been hail as a breaking box office records in the country.
Reports are that the country’s censors ruled that the epic had become too dominant and was fearful of the effect it may have on audiences.
“First, it has taken in too much money and has seized market share from domestic films,” Hong Kong’s Daily Apple said.
“Secondly, it may lead audiences to think about forced removal, and may possibly incite violence.”
Avatar won two awards at this year’s Golden Globes ceremony
In a Sky News article it was stated:
Some Chinese bloggers had already said parallels between the plight of the film’s Na’vi creatures – who are forced to flee their homes – and Chinese people who have faced the threat of eviction would have raised concerns.
One wrote: “For audiences in other countries, such brutal eviction is something outside their imagining. It could only take place on another planet or in China.”
Authorities have been told to stop screening the 2D versions from January 23, theatre operators and state media claim.
Reports suggest the vacant slots will be replaced by a state-funded biopic, Confucius.
Avatar has made almost £45m during the two weeks it has been playing in China, making it the top-grossing film in the nation’s history.
China Film Group, the state-run domestic distributor of Avatar, has allowed 3D and Imax versions of the Hollywood blockbuster to remain in cinemas.