Quartz Xi Jinping and SAPRFT, which oversees China’s entertainment industry, provide financial incentives and lip service to the film industry. by Josh Horwitz
'But the government expects studios to produce films that play up Chinese
culture in a way that fits the reigning political narrative. Judging by
comments from director Zhang Panpan, the The Three-Body Problem will likely contain a whiff of the party line on Chinese politics and history.
'Chinese film studios have wrapped up production of The Three-Body Problem,
an adaptation of a popular sci-fi novel about an alien invasion that
takes place during the Cultural Revolution. The three-part series that
it’s the first part of has sold more than a million copies in
China—unusually high popularity for the genre in China. In November
2014, the first book was translated into English and published in the United States by Tor Books.
'The film will be the first of a five-part series
co-produced by Alibaba Pictures and Yoozoo pictures, both relatively new
players in China’s film industry. Each feature is reported to have a
budget of 200 million yuan (about US$32 million), and the first feature
is to hit theaters in July 2016.'