The recent mass-shooting spree in Las Vegas has left America in shock and despair, apparently including Hollywood as well. Warner Bros. Pictures, Sony Pictures and Alcon Entertainment have decided to cancel their recent film Blade Runner 2049’s red carpet screening premiere, which was set to take place on Tuesday, due to the incident.
“We join the rest of the country in sending heartfelt thoughts and prayers to all those affected by this tragedy,” the companies said Monday in a joint statement. As a sequel of Ridley Scott’s 1984 sci-fi masterpiece Blade Runner, which originally starred Harrison Ford, Blade Runner 2049 is on the list of one of the must-watch films of 2017 and the cancellation of its premiere probably wouldn’t affect the film’s performance at the box office.
Warner Bros. isn’t the only production house that’s decided to honour “this day of national mourning.” Open Road Films has also cancelled the premiere of its upcoming film Marshall, which was supposed to take place at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Keeping the horrifying incident in mind, the event’s organisers have decided to forego any press coverage and instead have turned the event into a private screening.
“On this day of national mourning, we have decided to cancel tonight’s scheduled red carpet premiere of Marshall,” said a spokesman for Open Road FIlms. “Instead, tonight’s event will be a private screening of the film for the cast, filmmakers and invited guests. Our thoughts are with the victims of the tragedy in Las Vegas, their families and all of those affected.”
Reginald Hudlin’s film about the young Thurgood Marshall starring Chadwick Boseman opens in theatres on October 13.