Quentin Tarantino's latest will play to a more intimate gathering in Los Angeles, sans red carpet and after-party
The Weinstein Company has canceled Tuesday’s Los Angeles premiere of “Django Unchained” in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the studio said on Monday.
There will still be a screening for the film's cast and crew, as well as for their friends and family — but there will be no red carpet or after-party.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the tragedy in Newtown, CT and in this time of national mourning we have decided to forgo our scheduled event,” the indie distributor said in a statement.
This marks the latest in a string of delays and cancellations since the second worst school shooting in United States history.
Paramount delayed its Pittsburgh premiere of “Jack Reacher,” slated for Saturday, until Wednesday. The Film Society of Lincoln Center also postponed its Monday fundraiser with “Reacher” star Tom Cruise. Fox also canceled the red carpet and after-party for its Saturday premiere of “Parental Guidance.”
While “Reacher” and ‘Django” are quite violent, individuals at the various studios say the moves stem more from feeling callous about partying in the wake of such a tragic event than a link between content and said event.
On the TV side, TLC has postponed the premiere of its new reality show "Best Funeral Ever" from Dec. 26 to Jan. 6.
No studio has postponed a movie’s theatrical opening, as occurred in August when Warner Bros. pushed the bow of “Gangster Squad” following the shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.