Tom Cruise will attend 'Jack Reacher' screening in Pittsburgh
Tom Cruise is returning to Pittsburgh on Wednesday to show "Jack Reacher" for "fans in the city that so graciously hosted the production of the film," Paramount Pictures said in a brief statement this afternoon.
However, the studio added, "There will be no red carpet during this time of mourning." The showing will be for previously confirmed guests, and more information will be coming before Wednesday's event at the SouthSide Works Cinema.
Paramount added, "The filmmakers and Tom Cruise convey their heartfelt sadness and their deep condolences to the families during this time."
Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie told TheWrap.com that he and Mr. Cruise supported the decision to scrap Saturday's red-carpet premiere in Pittsburgh.
"Tom and I insisted upon it. Nobody should be celebrating anything 24 hours after a tragic event like that
"We thought long and hard about it. This was not a snap judgment, because we wanted to give back to the city of Pittsburgh, because they were so great to us."
Brent Lang from TheWrap.com also asked: "Given that this film opens with a mass shooting, are you worried about how 'Jack Reacher' will be received in the wake of the Newtown massacre?"
The director who also adapted Lee Child's novel said:
"It may have an impact, and it may not. I can't concern myself with that, not when other people have so many bigger problems than whatever worries I have about opening a movie I've been working on for two years.
"It just seems trivial compared to the devastation that people are feeling. Whatever happens, I can't worry about how it affects me personally, because I get to go home to my children, so it just pales in comparison to what others are going through right now."
Late Friday night, Paramount Pictures announced it was postponing the U.S. premiere of the movie scheduled for Saturday.
"Due to the terrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, and out of honor and respect for the families of the victims whose lives were senselessly taken, we are postponing tomorrow's Pittsburgh premiere of 'Jack Reacher.' Our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones."
Paramount had rented out the entire SouthSide Works Cinema, flown cast and crew to Pittsburgh, invited dignitaries and notified fans lucky enough to win tickets through an email drawing.
It also had staged out-of-town contests and transported those winners to town and installed them in hotel rooms and started to erect tents, barricades and other equipment near the theater.
But, as sometimes happens, real life forced executives to rethink plans.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center postponed a Monday night fundraiser with Mr. Cruise to benefit its 50th anniversary fund, which supports K-12 education and new artist programs. The change was made "out of respect for the families who lost loved ones in Newtown, Conn.," an announcement on the center's website said.
First Published December 17, 2012 3:55 pm