Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sandy Hook and the Movies

The Aurora Theatre shootings last July at the opening of The Dark Knight Rises put Warner Brothers in a difficult position. The Sandy Hook killings have, likewise, had a couple of studios making some adjustments with upcoming films.

Django Unchained, the highly anticipated, ultra-violent western from Quentin Tarantino and the Weinstein Company, cancelled a red-carpet premiere, Monday in Los Angeles. A private screening was held for the film’s cast and other industry insiders. It is still scheduled to open nationwide on Christmas day.

Jack Reacher,also had a red-carpet premiere cancelled. This film based on a Lee Child novel with Tom Cruise is set to open this Friday. However the premiere, Saturday in Pittsburgh, was cancelled. Paramount has also altered the marketing trailers and other materials to minimize thee gunfire and violence. The film opens with a sniper shooting five people. The parallel was too close.

It will be interesting to see how these films fare in terms of attendance with their openings coming so close to the tragedy in Newtown.

The argument is already out there regarding violence on film and television (and video games) and any real impact on tragedies like Newtown and Aurora.

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