Despite restrictions and censorship on films in China, Danny Boyle would love to film a movie in that country.
He now has 3 lined up with Fox Searchlight. Perhaps one of them will be filmed in China. Nothing like a white boy bringing Asian culture to the world. Wink, wink!
Chinese directors need to submit their scripts and their final products to censors for approval, with officials often demanding they cut politically sensitive and sexually explicit content. In recent major examples of censorship, Oscar-winning director Ang Lee was asked to edit his 2007 spy thriller "Lust, Caution" so it appeared less obvious the main female character betrayed Chinese activists who plotted to assassinate a Japanese-allied spy chief. Also in 2006, Chinese filmmaker Lou Ye was banned from making movies in China for five years after he screened "Summer Palace" at France’s Cannes Film Festival without approval. Lou’s love story was set against the pro-democracy student protests at Beijing’s Tianamen Square in 1989, which the Chinese military crushed, killing at least hundreds.
"I know there are restrictions on filmmakers, which from our perspective, are regrettable. Great artists who work here — and there clearly are great artists — should be free. It’s very important and valuable to the society that they are free," Boyle told a packed audience at a hotel ballroom in Shanghai.