According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film has been banned because of a long-standing prohibition on films that “promote cults or superstition” which dates back to the early days of Communist rule. But a source also tells them the film may have been passed over due to a general lack of interest.
Officially, the film has not be submitted for release in China and the previous Ghostbusters cycle is said to be an obscure series in the country.
Meanwhile, director Paul Feig told The Daily Beast that he has to be “coy” when asked whether or not new ghostbuster Jillian Holtzmann — played by Kate McKinnon — is a lesbian. He apologized for avoiding a direct answer, adding the somewhat cryptic statement, “when you’re dealing with the studios and that kind of thing …”
Those who have seen the film say the answer is fairly obvious, even if the studio declines to be definitive on the matter. But Feig did say the relationship between Holtzmann and Melissa McCarthy‘s character is “interesting” and “close.”
Ghostbusters opens Friday in the US.