Cameron is latest to sign deals with China

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Mr. Cameron’s latest movie is about his seven-mile descent this year in a one-person submarine to the ocean’s lowest known point, the Challenger Deep in the Pacific’s Mariana Trench. He said it is due to be released in China next March or April by Tianjin North Film Group in 3-D and the big-screen Imax format.

Mr. Cameron said he is looking at possible co-production in China for the two “Avatar” sequels. He said that included examining Chinese government controls on content and the possible increase in the share of box office revenues that could be taken out of China if the project is a co-production.

“There have been some very preliminary discussions about co-production potential here in China,” he said.

For the past decade, China’s state-run film distributors have allowed in only 20 foreign films per year for national distribution. The foreign share of ticket sales is limited to a range of 13.5 to 17.5 percent.

In March, the government announced it will allow in an additional 14 foreign films if they are made in 3-D or Imax format. It raised the foreign share of ticket sales to 25 percent.

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