Fox is confirming news reports that China is pulling the plug January 23rd on 2D screenings of Avatar at most of its 1,628 movie screens — and replacing it with a patriotic biopic on the life of Confucius. But the handful of 3D screenings continue. Hong Kong’s Apple Daily first reported that the state-run China Film Group issued the order because of concerns the pic could cause internal political unrest. Apparently, Avatar‘s treatment of the Na’vi too closely parallels displacement of Chinese by predatory property developers. The film opened in China on January 4th to long lines and was to run until February 28th.
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