In an unsurprising move, French distributor Pretty Pictures and producer Radar Films have pulled the planned Wednesday release of Made in France, about a French Muslim journalist, who infiltrates a Jihadi cell in the heart of Paris, with a view to uncovering a plot to bring havoc to the streets of the French capital. The film, directed by Nicholas Boukhrief, was set to open Wednesday November 18 on around 100 screens.
“Following the tragic events of last night, the distributor Pretty Pictures and producer Radar Films have immediately decided to postpone the release of the film to a later date,” read the statement issued by the filmmakers in the wake of the Paris attacks.
Speaking to Deadline, Pretty Pictures chief James Velaise also confirmed the film’s original campaign will now be changed in light of the tragedy. Having spoken to UGC and Gaumont, Velaise said, “Probably no one is going to the cinemas anyhow. They opened this morning but are still waiting to hear if they have to close.” As for the campaign, he added, “We don’t want the cinemas to be in the difficult decision of do we program this or not on Monday.”
It is unclear at this stage, how many cinemas will be open over the weekend in Paris, given the city is still in shock given last night’s terrible events. According the Le Film Francais, “most cinemas will be open today in the capital, with the exception of a few establishments…the same security measures will be in place as have already been for several months,” in a reference to the Charlie Hebdo attacks ten months ago that first brought terror to the streets of Paris.
The Forum des Images at Les Halles (a place people go to screen library movies and TV shows) is closed as well as the Louxor cinema in the 10th Arrondisement. The Cinema des Cinéastes near the Place Clichy is also closed. This is the cinema that belongs to the ARP, one of the most important associations of indie French writers, directors, producers and distributors.
In a separate development, officials at Disneyland Paris have confirmed their resorts will stay closed Saturday in the wake of the attacks.
“In light of the recent tragic events in France and in support of our community and the victims of these horrendous attacks, Disneyland Paris has decided not to open its theme parks on Saturday 14 November,” read the Disneyland statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by these horrible events.”