Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has announced his intentions to introduce a bill that will block film studios from receiving Department of Defense assistance if they follow the orders of Chinese censors in the editing of their films, according to The Hill.
The bill is to be called the “Stopping Censorship, Restoring Integrity, Protecting Talkies” (SCRIPT) Act, and targets film studios that deliberately edit their movies to accommodate standards that the Chinese government deems acceptable, in order to make money off of box office returns in China. Under this bill, such studios would be prevented from receiving any assistance from the Pentagon.
Such assistance usually comes in the form of allowing filmmakers access to military facilities, equipment, and advisory experts for the production of the film. Cruz intends to officially introduce the bill when the Senate returns to session.