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Disney, Sony, Warner Bros. and Paramount Pause Movie Releases in Russia

Disney, Sony, Warner Bros., and Paramount Pictures have decided to pull their upcoming movies from theatrical release amid an ongoing war in Ukraine. Disney would be pulling Turning Red (which was slated to release theatrically in Russia, while the film is releasing on Disney+ in North America), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Lightyear from release. You can read Disney’s statement below:

Warner Bros. has only decided to pause the release of the upcoming The Batman for now, but the studio said in a statement that it is continuing to “monitor the situation as it evolves. We hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to this tragedy.” Shortly after, the Motion Picture Association also wrote a statement which you can read below:

“The Motion Picture Association stands with the international community in upholding the rule of law and condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. On behalf of our member companies, who lead the film, TV, and streaming industry, we express our strongest support for Ukraine’s vibrant creative community who, like all people, deserve to live and work peacefully. We will continue to monitor the situation, working closely with our members and partners throughout the global creative sector.”

Sony has also pulled all of their upcoming releases, including the latest Marvel movie Morbius from Russia, writing in a statement that “Given the ongoing military action in Ukraine and the resulting uncertainty and humanitarian crisis unfolding in that region, we will be pausing our planned theatrical releases in Russia, including the upcoming release of Morbius. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been impacted and hope this crisis will be resolved quickly.”

And finally, Paramount Pictures has also announced that they will not be releasing Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and The Lost City in Russia, writing in a statement that “As we witness the ongoing tragedy in Ukraine, we have decided to pause the theatrical release of our upcoming films in Russia, including The Lost City and Sonic the Hedgehog 2. We stand by all those impacted by the humanitarian crisis across Ukraine, Russia, and our international markets and will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds”

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, TheDisInsider, Variety

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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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