In light of this past week’s tragic terror attack during an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester MEN Arena, the London premiere of the forthcoming Dark Universe franchise film The Mummy has been cancelled by chief distributor Universal Pictures. Much like the comparative cancellation of the U.K. premiere of the DC Extended Universe production that is Wonder Woman from Warner Bros. Pictures, the entertainment industry at large appears to be paying welcome respects to those who lost their lives to a senseless act of violence.
At the time of this writing, the death count from the Manchester attack has twenty-two people dead, fifty-nine concert attendees injured, and ISIS claiming responsibility for said act of terror. While the U.K. continues to mourn the dead and begins to mobilize their collected armed forces to respond to any and all imminent attacks in the near future, The Mummy will be foregoing its previously planned London premiere out of respect for the dead.
Per an official statement from Universal Pictures, the forthcoming Dark Universe franchise film will not be receiving its previously planned London premiere in light of the Manchester attack, with an official statement being issued on the behalf of the entire cast and crew of The Mummy. Speaking to a collective desire to honor the lives of those lost, the statement reads:
“All of us at Universal have been devastated by the terror attack in Manchester and continue to stand with the community and country as it recovers. Out of respect to those affected by this tragedy we have decided not to move forward with the London premiere for The Mummy scheduled to take place next week.”
Fans of Tom Cruise and company soon to star in The Mummy will likely take note that the film’s London premiere has been cancelled, and should take heart in the fact that even those in the entertainment industry would wish to pay their respects when an unthinkable tragedy occurs. Just how much the cancellation of said event will impact the eventual box office draw of the movie in question remains to be seen.
Regardless of the relative merits of the specific movie in question, it lifts the spirits to see the folks over at Universal cancel the London premiere of a tentpole franchise film like The Mummy out of respect for the lives lost and the innocent civilians injured in the Manchester attack this past week. On that note, here’s to remembering the dead and continuing to look out for one another around the world.
Source: Universal Pictures