Quentin Tarantino’s film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” will not be released in China, after Bruce Lee’s daughter demanded it be pulled.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the story, China has canceled the film’s scheduled release of October 25.
The outlet stated, “According to multiple sources close to the situation in Beijing, who asked not to be named because they weren't permitted to speak publicly about the matter, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood's local release has been indefinitely put on hold.”
The film starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio cost a reported $90 million before marketing costs. The movie has already grossed over $366 million worldwide. It was expected to bring in millions more from the China box office.
HR reports, “According to sources close to Bona and China's Film Bureau, Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee, made a direct appeal to China’s National Film Administration, asking that it demand changes to her father's portrayal.”
Bruce Lee’s family has taken issue with how Tarantino portrayed him. They said he was nothing like the character shown.
China has not given an official explanation for the film being pulled.
Sources told the outlet, Tarantino is currently “frantically” working with the film’s China backer to edit a new version. The director will attempt to take the new cut to China’s National Film Administration. He will try to get the release date back on calendar.
Tarantino has yet to have a film released in China. “Once Upon a Time” was set to be his first movie shown in the country.