The Hollywood actor has been campaigning to secure a release for I Am Legend, but China is stubbornly sticking to its policy of capping the influx of Hollywood movies–part of a drive to boost the country’s film industry.
The delay comes amid reports China has issued a three-month ban on all American films.
Smith says, “We struggled very, very hard to try to get it to work out, but there are only a certain amount of foreign films that are allowed in.”
However, the Oscar-nominated actor hasn’t given up hope of agreeing a release date–he’s currently working on a deal with China Film Group’s chairman Han Sanping.
In the past, Chinese regulators have issued bans on foreign films during holidays and school breaks, when audiences are biggest.
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