Director Quentin Tarantino is reportedly refusing to make changes to his new film 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' to appease Chinese censors.
Tarantino will make no changes to the film for China after that country abruptly blocked its release scheduled for October 25, a source close to the situation told the Hollywood Reporter.
Though no explanation was given to Sony Pictures on China's move to ban the film, it is believed to be related to the film's portrayal of late martial arts star Bruce Lee, who is of Chinese descent.
The project was shelved by Beijing after Bruce Lee's daughter complained about the movie's portrayal of her father, according to sources.
Chinese authorities have called off the release of Quentin Tarantino's new film 'Once upon a Time in Hollywood' over scenes depicting Bruce Lee (pictured), according to sources
Shannon Lee is said to have made a personal appeal to Beijing's censors, requesting scenes involving her father be edited in the star-studded flick featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie.
The 50-year-old previously said it was 'disheartening' for her to see the film presenting her father as 'an arrogant a**hole'.
Earlier reports indicated that the film's Chinese distributor Bona Film Group, which has also invested in the production, was working with Tarantino to make changes to the film in a bid to salvage the situation.
'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' is Tarantino's ninth film.
Bruce Lee's daughter Shannon Lee (above) is said to have made a personal appeal to Beijing's censors for the film to be altered, according to a report. She previously said it was 'disheartening' to see Tarantino's interpretation of her father, which she said was a 'mockery'
Bruce Lee, who was born in San Francisco, was one of the most recognizable Asian-American actors. He is seen fighting in martial arts film Enter The Dragon, which was released in 1973
Set in Los Angeles in 1969, the story follows faded TV star Rick Dalton (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), and his stunt double Cliff Booth (played by Brad Pitt) as they pursue fame and success in the final years of Hollywood's