Jan 18, 2019 05:11 PM EST
Universal Moves Happy Death Day 2U Release Up Due to Parkland Shooting Anniversary
Universal Pictures has decided to not release its film "Happy Death Day 2U" in theatres in and around Parkland, due to the anniversary of the Parkland Shooting anniversary. Also in response to the anniversary, the release date nationwide has been moved up from February 14 to February 13.
"Happy Death Day 2U" is the sequel to 2017's "Happy Death Day". After word of the release date was out, Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed that day, put out a plea to the studio.
"My daughter and 16 others were killed on February 14th. Universal Studios is releasing a movie called ‘Happy Death Day 2U'? I get the pun on Valentines Day, for me it will always be the day my daughter was murdered. Please reconsider this." Guttenberg said via Twitter.
Universal addressed the situation via a statement, statement, saying, "The studio has decided not to show the film in Parkland and the surrounding areas. Outdoor, digital and in-theatre marketing for the film will be suspended in that market. The studio understands the importance of memorializing the February 14 date as an opportunity to continue to allow the Parkland community to heal."
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