Lucky Middle Kingdom film fans can finally watch Tim Miller’s 2016 action adventure superhero hit.
Tim Miller’s Deadpool, the 2016 action adventure superhero hit that was not approved for Chinese theatrical distribution during its original international run, will finally be screened in China as part of the Film Panorama at the upcoming Beijing International Film Festival. According to information provided by the festival, the film will be part of a program that includes both X-Men trilogies as well as 2017’s Logan.
Decisions regarding which international films are granted theatrical release within China’s regulated film quota system are made by SAPPRFT, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. All films in China must meet certain viewability standards, criteria ultimately determined during SAPPRFT review – film edits are often required before approval is granted and receive no official reason when rejected.
According to Variety, Fox has confirmed that the film will show in its entirety without edit. Released February 12, 2016, Deadpool grossed over $780 million worldwide.
The international juried BJIFF runs April 15-22 at a variety of Beijing venues.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.