Disney has just confirmedthat Pixar animation Cars will bereleased in
According to local daily,the Beijing News, some Chinese censorsbelieved the spirits of the dead and Captain Davy Jones' octopus beard are notsuitable for under-aged viewers.
Although Pirates can still screen in
The Local Film Protection Month,which excluded blockbusters from being released from June 11 to July 10, haspushed the release of many blockbusters to August.
Cars,Fox's Garfield 2 and Sony's When A Stranger Calls, ironically ahorror film, are all scheduled for August. The September release schedulealready includes X-Men 3: The Last Standand two strong Chinese productions - Feng Xiaogang's The Banquet and Rob-B-Hoodstarring Jackie Chan.
"It's unlikely that thesefilms to go head-to-head with Pirates,"said a Beijing-based cinema manager who preferred not to be named.
Industry observers havespeculated that the real reason for the film's delay is that, like The Da Vinci Code which was pulled fromcinemas in June, it may become too successful at the box office.
The only timing availablefor Pirates' release may be Octoberand November, three months after the
Meanwhile, local production Crazy Stone had a strong run during the LocalFilm Protection Month, grossing $775,000 (see separate story).