In the wake of the horrifying terrorist attack Thursday in Nice, France, Studiocanal has asked French exhibitors to pull its latest film, the action pic Bastille Day, from theaters, Deadline has confirmed.
The move follows an earlier request to pull advertising for the film, the plot of which bears unfortunate, but superficial similarities to the events in Nice that occurred on Bastille Day and took advantage of throngs of French citizens out celebrating the country’s national holiday. Prior to the request, many theaters in France continued to show the film, which stars Idris Elba as a former CIA agent and Richard Madden as a con artist who team up to stop a terrorist attack in Paris.
The request to pull the film comes after reports Saturday morning that the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. France is currently holding a three-day national period of mourning for the victims of the attack, and French President François Hollande has extended by three months the state of emergency that has existed in France since the devastating November, 2015 Paris terrorist attacks. Movie theaters in Nice will remain closed throughout the weekend.
Variety first reported the news.
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