The shooting in Las Vegas has sent shockwaves through the nation. As people attempt to make sense of the tragedy, Hollywood is toning down several of its events, because throwing a party after a tragedy would be in bad taste. As such, the decision has been made to scale back tonight's World Premiere of Blade Runner 2049. While the screening of the movie will still take place at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, the red carpet preceding the film has been canceled.
The decision by Warner Bros., Alcon Entertainment, and Sony to cancel the red carpet comes following the decision of the film Marshall to cancel its entire premiere. That movie was set to screen on Monday night, less than 24 hours after the event in Las Vegas. A couple of days removed, Variety reports that while the Blade Runner 2049 screening won't be the lavish event it was previously set to be, it will still go on.
On Sunday night a gunman opened fire on a concert crowd at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. 59 people have been confirmed dead with over 500 reported as injured. Details are still being released regarding the event and the possible motives that could have led to the worst mass shooting in American history.
This is, without question, a good move on the part of the studio. The tragedy of Las Vegas is still fresh and with details still coming out about exactly what happened on Sunday night, we're not quite back to the point of business as usual as a nation. It's best to let the news focus on the more important story and not be distracted by big Hollywood parties. Those that need the escape from reality, however, can still find that in the screening of the movie.
It has been a season for canceled Hollywood events as tragic circumstances, both natural and man-made, have led to recent cancellations of film premieres. Recently, the premiere of Kingsman: The Golden Circle was canceled due to Hurricane Harvey hitting Florida, the studio donated the money that would have been used at the event to hurricane relief efforts.
Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford and follows the event of the 1982 sci-fi classic directed by Ridley Scott. The buzz surrounding the movie is currently off the charts, with our own Eric Eisenberg loving the film. He's in pretty crowded company, as the reviews for the film across the board have been overwhelmingly positive. It will be interesting to see how this weekend's box office responds. If people rush to the movies in an attempt to get the terrible event out of their minds we could see a very busy weekend. However, it's also possible that the last thing people impacted by the tragedy will want to do is go to the movies. Blade Runner 2049 opens in theaters on Friday.