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Noah film denied release in China, after bans in Muslim countries

Published on May 9, 2014 6:33 PM
 
China has refused to approve the release of the biblical epic Noah starring Russell Crowe, which has already been banned in a string of Muslim countries for religious reasons, industry sources said. -- FILE PHOTO: UIP

LOS ANGELES (Agence France-Presse) - China has refused to approve the release of the biblical epic Noah starring Russell Crowe, which has already been banned in a string of Muslim countries for religious reasons, industry sources said.

Paramount Pictures tried to secure a release slot for the vast mainland Chinese market by stressing its "environmental message" and special effects, the Los Angeles Times reported.

But getting the Bible-based story past China's cinematic gatekeepers was stymied due to Beijing's sensitivities on religious issues, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A source familiar with the issue, who declined to be identified, told AFP simply that the film "will not release in China", after Paramount submitted the film for import approval.

 
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