Fresh off its Oscar night success, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s The Revenant got some more good news with the announcement the film will get a release in China. China’s Bona Film Group posted on the Weibo social media platform that it will open film in the Middle Kingdom on March 18. Revenant likely will have to undergo some cuts, particularly of the film’s violence, before getting the approval from censors. China operates a one-rating-fits-all system, meaning films with graphic content often have to be trimmed to be suitable for a general audience. Bona also has acquired another big Oscar winner, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room — which earned Best Actress for Brie Larson — for release in China.
Inarittu’s The Revenant, which won awards for Best Cinematography, Director and, of course, Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, was co-financed by Chinese company Alpha Animation, through its Hong Kong subsidiary Alpha, as well as Taiwan’s Catchplay. Alpha has a co-financing agreement in place with New Regency, which put up the lion’s share — or should that be bear’s share? — of the man-vs-the elements epic. Alpha is also an investor in New Regency’s Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed.
Reports indicate that DiCaprio will travel to China to promote the local release of the film, which will be jointly handled by Bona, Alpha and the state-owned China Film Group.