Studiocanal has reportedly requested that Idris Elba’s latest blockbuster Bastille Day was pulled from French cinemas on Saturday, following the terror attacks in Nice.
According to Variety, the French film production company filed their request on Saturday morning as reports emerged that it was an ISIS trucker who was responsible for the Bastille Day massacre on Thursday that killed 84 people.
The request comes after advertising for the film, which hit French cinemas on Wednesday, had already been removed out of respect for the victims.
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Further disruption: Studiocanal has requested that Idris Elba’s latest blockbuster ‘Bastille Day’ is pulled from French cinemas on Saturday, following the terror attacks in Nice
After initially only removing trailers and posters, the production company made further request to completely cancel screening of the film, starring Idris Elba and Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden, as the country mourned the 84 lives lost in Nice, including 10 children.
Yet, Variety reports that ‘most, if not all’ cinema chains in France continued to screen the film on Friday and Saturday following the tragedy, whose release date had been intentionally scheduled to co-incide with the French holiday.
The disruption to the film’s run comes after its original February and March release dates in the UK and Germany respectively were pushed back after the Paris terror attacks in November last year.
Tragic: the request for the film (pictured) to be pulled was made as reports emerged that it was an ISIS trucker that killed 84 people in Nice on Thursday
Having been released in the UK back in April, the film has taken $7.3 million so far worldwide.
The thriller, starring British actor Idris Elba sees a young artist and former CIA agent embark on an anti-terrorist mission in France.
Speaking about the film, Idris’ co-star Richard Madden said: ‘It’s not just an action movie, it’s not just a thriller… it’s got this element of mystery and action and reality.’
Idris added: ‘The heart of it is characters that you care about and storyline that you get engaged to as an audience.’
Delayed: The film was released in the UK in April, having had its original February date pushed back already in light of the Paris attacks in November
It has now been confirmed that 84 people have been killed and more than 50 injured after a truck mowed down crowds gathered in the street to watch fireworks celebrating the French holiday in Nice on Thursday.
According to eyewitnesses and officials the driver of the huge white lorry drove over a mile crushing many gathered on the famed Promenade des Anglais, before the driver got out and sprayed crowds with bullets.
Eyewitnesses say there was an exchange of gunfire in the aftermath of the incident before the driver was shot dead.
Famous landmarks around the world were lit up in the colours of the French tricolour on Friday night, to show solidarity and support for the city and the families of the tragic attack’s victims.
United front: The world showed solidarity and support for the Nice attacks by lighting up famous landmarks, including the London Eye (pictured), with the French colours