Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers in a scene from director Roland Emmerich’s latest big-budget war film, Midway. Turned down by superhero-obsessed Hollywood studios, Emmerich turned to China and Europe for financing. Photo: Reiner Bajo

How Chinese finance and Woody Harrelson’s heft saved Midway, war movie by blockbuster director Roland Emmerich that Hollywood studios wouldn’t touch

  • Director of Independence Day, 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow couldn’t interest Hollywood studios in US$100 million World War II film, so he turned to China
  • Woody Harrelson signing on to play admiral who led Pacific Ocean battle persuaded the likes of Dennis Quaid, Patrick Wilson, and Luke Evans to join the cast
Topic |   American films

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Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers in a scene from director Roland Emmerich’s latest big-budget war film, Midway. Turned down by superhero-obsessed Hollywood studios, Emmerich turned to China and Europe for financing. Photo: Reiner Bajo
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A still from Roland Emmerich’s historical epic Midway. Photo: Alamy
Clarence Tsui
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How an American war film, Midway, got past Chinese censors when home-grown ones have been pulled

  • Roland Emmerich’s Midway secured approval for a general cinematic release in mainland China this week
  • However, domestic war films such as The Eight Hundred and Liberation remain in limbo

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A still from Roland Emmerich’s historical epic Midway. Photo: Alamy
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