July 11, 2008–China's censors demand changes in Universal's “The Mummy: The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” before approving its release. The State Administration for Radio, Film and Television said that mainland release of the picture, some of which was shot in China, is pending.
Universal spokesperson said: “Universal does not anticipate any obstacles to clearing the film for China and looks forward to releasing “The Mummy: Tomb of The Dragon Emperor” in the country where it was set and shot.”
No Chinese release date has been set for the the $145 million film, one of the biggest co-productions on record, starring Brendan Fraser, Michelle Yeoh, and Jet Li, one of China's major stars.
Bill Kong, whose Edko Film is Universal's distributor in Hong Kong and China, acknowledged the issues. Kong, who is Asia's leading producer and has political and industry connections in China, had previously submitted script drafts to China Film Co-production Corp.
The filmmakers had already heeded the CFCC's suggestions and adapted the script to make it less political and more fantasy-driven.
The production spent three months shooting in China, building a replica of the Great Wall with army of warriors fighting for their immortal emperor, played by Li.