What could have been an exciting weekend for the summer’s most-anticipated movie has taken a tragic turn. As many of you already know (and as Trent reported here), a gunman killed 12 people and injured 38 more at a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado. In light of the horrific events Warner Bros. has decided to cancel the film’s red carpet premiere in Paris today, pulling directors and actors from media interviews as well. Details inside.
Here’s what The Hollywood Reporter is saying:
Nolan and Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Morgan Freeman are at Paris’ hotel Le Bristol to promote the film. However, journalists present at le Bristol for a daytime press conference were told to leave.
In lieu of the shooting in Colorado, Warner Bros. has cancelled the interviews. TF1 said that Cotillard was set for an interview on the network’s 8 p.m. news program, but cancelled her appearance today.
The red carpet première tonight has also been cancelled.
In France, the shooting is major news. It’s the top story on leading newspaper Le Monde’s website and also top national broadcaster TF1′s site and also on cable news network iTele and BFM TV’s sites.
It was also the leading story on public TV network France 3′s 12 p.m. news program. Warner Bros. has not commented on whether the studio will reschedule the premiere and Nolan and the cast have not yet commented in the French press.
Although it’s difficult to see much positivity in a story like this, I’m glad that Warner Bros. is making a statement about the events, in some way. And I think it really says something about French news networks, that they’re coverage of the story seems to be just as extensive as our own in the States. Now surely, news coverage does not always equate with positivity (there is the sensationalist aspect of it all), but I think it’s important that people know what’s happening. Canceling the premiere seems like the decent thing to do. I think of it as a way of acknowledging that, sometimes, the show must not go on.