“In this time of national mourning, we have decided to forgo our scheduled event,” said the movie’s distributor. Instead the film will be screened for a small group of cast and crew and their family and friends. Starring Jamie Foxx as a freed slave who becomes a bounty hunter, Django – as with most Tarantino films – has its fair share of vivid violence.
“I just think, you know, there’s violence in the world, tragedies happen, blame the playmakers,” Tarantino said at a press junket on Saturday. “It’s a Western. Give me a break.”
Django isn’t the only film to see a scaled-back premiere following the tragedy: Tom Cruise will introduce his new movie, Jack Reacher –which opens with a sniper shooting several people dead – at a toned-down screening in Pittsburgh. The event was initially planned for Saturday, but Paramount Pictures called it off “out of honor and respect for the families of the victims.”
Parental Guidance, a new comedy starring Billy Crystal, also saw its Hollywood premiere canceled, with its studio Fox releasing a statement that read, “The hearts of all involved with this film go out to the victims, their families, their community and our entire nation in mourning.”