By Dave McNary
Tuesday night’s world premiere of Blade Runner 2049 has been scaled back due to the Las Vegas mass shooting.
The event will take place tomorrow without a red carpet at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.
“In light of the tragic events of last night, Warner Bros. Pictures, Sony Pictures, and Alcon Entertainment are canceling the red carpet for tomorrow’s screening of Blade Runner 2049,” Warner Bros. said in a statement on Monday. “We join the rest of the country in sending heartfelt thoughts and prayers to all those affected by this tragedy.”
The move came a few hours after Open Road Film scrubbed Monday night’s premiere of Marshall at the TCL Chinese for the same reason. At least 59 people have died and more than 500 were injured after a gunman opened fire on attendees of the Route 91 Harvest music festival near the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
Blade Runner 2049 is the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner. Reviews have been mostly laudatory for the film, which is being distributed domestically by Warner Bros. through its output deal with Alcon Entertainment. Sony is the international distributor and production partner with Alcon Entertainment.
The reboot, directed by Denis Villeneuve, stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, who reprises his role of Rick Deckard from the original. Early box office forecasts had projected a domestic launch of at least $40 million.