Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino reportedly has no intention of recutting his “Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood” film to appease China’s censors according to THR.
The auteur’s take-it-or-leave-it stance follows in the wake of Chinese regulators pulling the film indefinitely from the schedule a week before its release next Friday. No explanation was given to the film’s studio Sony Pictures Entertainment as to why, though it’s widely speculated to be about Tarantino’s portrayal of the late martial arts hero Bruce Lee in the film.
Tarantino is known to have final-cut rights included in his contract and has no plans to re-edit – especially without any official explanation as to what is objectionable in the film. Many Hollywood studio films have undergone edits in order to get into China, most notably “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
Tarantino’s film has earned $366 million to date and likely would have exceeded the $400 million mark had it opened in China.