Paramount Pictures is the latest Hollywood studio to halt the theatrical release of its upcoming movies in Russia as the Ukraine invasion continues, reports Deadlines.com.
According to the report, Sandra Bullock-Channing Tatum-Brad Pitt-starrer rom-com adventure ‘The Lost City’ and ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ will not release in theatres in Russia.
“As we witness the ongoing tragedy in Ukraine, we have decided to pause the theatrical release of our upcoming films in Russia, including The Lost City, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2. We stand by all those impacted by the humanitarian crisis across Ukraine, Russia, and our international markets and will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds,” Paramount announced this AM in a statement.
Yesterday, Disney set the table in how the major studios would approach a lucrative box office territory that has opted to go to war with an independent nation: Not with words, but with actions. Disney decided to pause the theatrical release of Pixar’s Turning Red in Russia. This prompted Warner Bros. to change their minds about opening The Batman behind the Iron Curtain on March 3rd, and Sony followed pausing their upcoming theatrical releases in the country including Marvel’s Morbius.
Essentially all the big tentpoles coming out in March and April won’t hit Russia. The last studio to pause theatrical releases in Russia is Universal. They have upcoming the Michael Bay action movie Ambulance on April 8.