The terrorism thriller “Hotel Mumbai” has been pulled from theatres in New Zealand following the country’s terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch.
The film starring Armie Hammer and Dev Patel is a docudrama retelling of the 2008 terrorist attack on the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, India, which weaves together the stories of the incident’s survivors. The movie had its premiere last year at the Toronto International Film Festival.
“Hotel Mumbai” opened in theatres in New Zealand and Australia on March 14, debuting in second place at the weekend box office, behind “Captain Marvel”. Over the weekend, select theatres began cancelling screenings in the wake of the Christchurch attack. The film’s local distributor, Icon Films, announced the decision to pull the drama from remaining theatres on March 18.
“Following the recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand, Icon Film Distribution have announced the suspension of the film ‘Hotel Mumbai’ from all cinemas in New Zealand,” Icon Films said in a statement via News Hub. “Upon hearing about the attacks on Friday, Icon Film Distribution immediately suspended all advertising for the film in New Zealand. After consultation with local exhibition partners, the decision was made to suspend the film out of respect for a country in mourning.”
All screenings of the film have been suspended until March 28. “Hotel Mumbai” is scheduled to open in Canadian theatres on March 29.