Disney, Sony, and Warner Bros are calling off all the theatrical releases in Russia. Turning Red, Morbius, and The Batman are not going to release in any Russian theatre for the time being.
Turning Red, a family movie, where a young girl turns into a red panda whenever she is excited was about to premiere in Russia on 10th March.
But the Disney stated this on Monday, ‘We will make future business decisions based on the evolving situation’. They also said, ‘In the meantime, given the scale of the emerging refugee crisis, we are working with our NGO partners to provide urgent aid and other humanitarian assistance.
Not only the movie releases have taken a pause but all the car-making companies and other corporations have also cut off their business with Russia.
The Batman was scheduled to release on Friday but the Warner Bros are not going to premier it in the time of humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
Following Disney and Warner Bros, Sony Pictures have also announced the pause of their movie Morbius which was about to release on 24th March.
A spokesperson from Sony Pictures said, ‘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’. They also said, ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been impacted and hope this crisis will be resolved quickly.
Warner Bros was about to release two movies Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore and the animated DC League of Super-Pets.
Not only has this huge scale company has halted its releases in Russia but the famous OTT platform Netflix has also refused to broadcast any shows in Russia. This server will come into effect in the country from the 1st of March.
Ukrainian Film Academy has created an online petition to do an international boycott of Russian cinema and the Russian film industry for their invasion.