'Jack Reacher' premiere postponed after Newtown school shooting
Tom Cruise in a scene from 'Jack Reacher'. Cruise plays a former military cop investigating a sniper case.
Paramount Pictures has postponed a planned premiere of its new Tom Cruise film Jack Reacher in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that claimed the lives of 26 people Friday.
Based on the character created by English crime novelist Lee Child, Jack Reacher was to be celebrated Saturday in Pittsburgh, where much of the movie was shot.
The film, scheduled to open on December 21, includes scenes of sniper violence.
"Due to the terrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, and out of honour and respect for the families of the victims whose lives were senselessly taken, we are postponing tomorrow's Pittsburgh premiere of Jack Reacher," the studio said Friday in a statement. "Our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones."
Citing "the horrific tragedy in Newtown," Fox cancelled another red-carpet event - this one for its upcoming Billy Crystal-Bette Midler comedy Parental Guidance - set for Saturday in Los Angeles.
In July, Warner Bros cancelled international premieres of The Dark Knight Rises after a shooting at a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado, killed 12 people during a screening of the Batman film.