Several major Hollywood entertainment companies have said they are pausing the release of upcoming films in Russia in response to the ongoing “humanitarian crisis” in Ukraine.
arner Bros, Sony Pictures, The Walt Disney Company and Paramount Pictures announced the news as Russian military forces continued their attacks on the country.
Violence continues to rage across the region, with thousands of citizens forced to flee their homes across the country’s borders.
Not long after sunrise, a Russian military offensive hit central Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, with at least six bodies pulled from the rubble, an emergency official said. said.
On Tuesday, Paramount Pictures announced that the highly anticipated action comedy The Lost City – starring Channing Tatum, Sandra Bullock and Daniel Radcliffe – will not be shown in Russia.
Similarly, they have paused the release of Sonic The Hedgehog 2, which stars the voices of Idris Elba and Jim Carrey.
“As we witness the tragedy unfolding in Ukraine, we have decided to pause theatrical screening of our upcoming films in Russia, including The Lost City and Sonic the Hedgehog,” the studio said. 2.
“We stand with all those affected by the humanitarian crisis across Ukraine, Russia and our international markets and will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds.”
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Warner Bros. has also said it is pausing the release of superhero blockbuster The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz.
A spokesman said: “Amid the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, WarnerMedia is suspending the release of Batman feature film in Russia.
“We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops. We hope for a speedy and peaceful resolution to this tragedy. “
Sony Pictures also announced the postponement of screenings of its films in Russia, including the vampire superhero film Morbius.
A spokesperson for SPE said: “Due to the ongoing military action in Ukraine and the ongoing uncertainty and humanitarian crisis in that area, we will be suspending our planned theatrical operations. in Russia, including the upcoming release of Morbius”.
To my friends and family in Ukraine – my heart breaks that this conflict has escalated in such a brutal way. Please be as careful and safe as possible. Sending thoughts to you and your loved ones during this tumultuous and tumultuous time. pic.twitter.com/UXyu0lOzNa
– JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) February 25, 2022
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected and hope this crisis will be resolved quickly.”
Earlier, the film’s star Jared Leto urged his family and friends entangled in the “devastating” conflict to stay “as safe as possible”.
“Sending thoughts to you and your loved ones during this time of turmoil and disruption,” he tweeted.
In addition to pausing the release of its films, Disney said it will work with its NGO partners to provide “emergency assistance and other humanitarian assistance” to refugees.
“Due to the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the tragic humanitarian crisis, we are suspending theatrical release of films in Russia, including Pixar’s upcoming Turning Red,” a statement posted online of the company said.
“We will make future business decisions based on the evolving situation.
“Meanwhile, given the scale of the refugee crisis emerging, we are working with our NGO partners to provide emergency assistance and other humanitarian assistance to refugees. .”
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