U.S. actor Tom Cruise arrives for the world premiere of the film "Jack Reacher" in Leicester Square in central London December 10, 2012. (Photo : Reuters)
Following the tragic shooting that left 26 people dead in Newtown, Conn., Paramount Pictures decided to postpone the U.S. premiere of Tom Cruise's new film 'Jack Reacher.' The premiere was scheduled to occur on Saturday, December 15 in Pittsburgh, where most of the film had been shot.
In a statement released on Friday, the studio said, "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.' Our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones."
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According to The Associated Press, the premiere included a proclamation ceremony for Cruise with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.
The film, which was based on a character created by English crime novelist Lee Child, involves a violent opening scene where a sniper "methodically gun down what looks to be five random targets," the Hollywood Reporter wrote.
This is not the first time a studio has decided to cancel or postpone a premiere of one of its movies following the aftermath of a shooting. In July, after James Holmes opened fire and killed 12 people at a midnight showing of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colo., Warner Bros. cancelled its Paris, Mexico City and Tokyo premieres. Warner Bros. also delayed the release of Ryan Gosling's 'Gangster Squad' to 2013 following the Aurora tragedy.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Fox cancelled its red-carpet event for Billy Cyrstal and Bette Midler's 'Parental Guidance' set for Saturday in Los Angeles.
'Jack Reacher' is scheduled for release on December 21.