How Sony edited Total Recall reboot to keep China's gov't happy

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Dec 17, 2012

Considering how much money the average film costs to make these days, it's no surprise that studios want to get their flicks in as many markets as possible. And sometimes changes need to be made so the film isn't potentially offensive to other countries. Want to know what was changed in the new Total Recall to avoid pissing off China?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Blade Runner-esque city The Colony was originally located in "New Asia" in the shooting version of the script—but those references were cut from the final version of the film.

Also, you know the massive elevator device "The Fall," which carries residents through the center of the Earth, between the rich and poor world in a matter of minutes? Turns out the original name was "The China Fall."

So why the tweaks to make everything more vague? Because Sony wants to make sure the low-performing Total Recall doesn't have any problems getting approved by the government-backed China Film Group for an opening there.

China has become a pretty profitable film market, and the studio didn't want to risk putting in anything offensive that could get the film blacklisted. Financially, it makes sense, but it's always a little iffy when scripts are tweaked for political reasons.

What do you think? Innocuous change, or slippery slope?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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