You Won’t Find Shanghai In China

The Weinstein Company’s “Shanghai” has been forced to relocate to Thailand and England following its forced exit from China reports Variety.

The was in pre-production in China last month when it was denied the shooting permit it expected to receive. As a result, nearly $3 million in sets have effectively gone to waste.

Weinstein says “The (Chinese authorities’) decision has everything to do with not liking the script, especially elements about (Chinese-Japanese) collaboration.”

Set in 1940s Japanese-occupied Shanghai, the story involves an American (John Cusack) who stumbles across government secrets while investigating the death of his friend. Chow Yun-fat, Gong Li and Ken Watanabe also star.

Swedish helmer Mikael Hafstrom directs the project from a screenplay by Hossein Amini.