The Weinstein Company have cancelled the red carpet premiere of Django Unchained, in the wake of the recent school massacre in Newtown, Connectict. A premiere for the movie, which stars Jamie Foxx and Leonardo Dicaprio, was planned to take place in Los Angeles. According to Deadline.com though, the high profile press event has been downscaled.
A screening of the movie will still take place, as planned, but only for stars of the film and their friends and family, who have not been able to see the movie yet. Meanwhile, press will be invited to attend a different screening, instead. A spokesperson for The Weinstein Company insisted that the content of the film was not at the root of the decision to cancel the red carpet event, but rather that nobody feels like celebrating in the wake of such a huge tragedy.
“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,” said the spokesperson. “However, we will be holding a private screening for the cast and crew and their friends and families.” Similarly, an event organized to launch the New York premiere of Tom Cruise’s new movie Jack Reacher has also been cancelled, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced.