Paramount Pictures made the decision to postpone last Saturday’s premiere and the nationwide opening of Tom Cruise’s new movie, “Jack Reacher” this Friday in the wake of Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.
The decision was made due to the fact that the movie has a bit of gun violence in many scene’s of the movie, including a violent opening scene.
“Due to the terrible tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and out of honor and respect for the families of the victims whose lives were senselessly taken, we are postponing tomorrow’s Pittsburgh premiere of Jack Reacher,” a Paramount official said in a Dec. 14 statement to the Hollywood Reporter. “Our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones.”
In the opening sequence of the movie a sniper is shown, “methodically gunning down what looks to be five random targets,” on a riverfront promenade, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The movie star’s Tom Cruise as title character Jack Reacher, a drifter and former Army Military Police officer, working as an investigator for the alleged sniper’s defense attorney, Reacher unravels a case involving a hired killer and a Russian known only as “the zec.”
The movie is based on the 2005 novel written by Lee Child, called “One Shot.”
Paramount has made no decision on when the movie will now actually premiere after its original scheduled December 21st opening has been canceled. The movies December 15th premier at Pittsburgh’s SouthSide Works megaplex was also canceled.
Warner Bros. made similar cancellations of international openings of the “The Dark Night Rises” Batman movie after the Aurora, Colorado movie theatre shootings this past summer.