Tencent Pictures’ Lineup Is a Mix of Hollywood Content and Chinese Propaganda

  • Variety
A slate of Chinese propaganda films rubs shoulders with high-profile Hollywood movies on Tencent Pictures’ upcoming lineup.

The firm confirmed its investment in U.S. projects including TriStar Pictures’ “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” a film about beloved TV host Mr. Rogers, starring Tom Hanks; “Monster Hunter,” Paul W.S. Anderson’s next film adaptation of a video game; “Wish Dragon,” being co-produced by Sony Pictures Animation and China’s Base Animation; Paramount Pictures’ “Terminator: Dark Fate,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and “Top Gun: Maverick,” with Tom Cruise and Jennifer Connelly.

All the major private-sector Chinese films studios are this year involved in patriotic pictures that not long ago would have been the preserve of China’s state-owned propaganda machine.

But Tencent appears to be playing it especially safe politically this year with a domestic slate of film and TV choices designed to appeal to Chinese authorities. At an event Monday
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