‘Beauty and the Beast’ will not premiere on Thurs­day

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

KUALA LUMPUR: The re­lease date for Dis­ney’s live ac­tion re­make of the an­i­mated movie

Beauty and The Beast here has been post­poned in­def­i­nitely.

Orig­i­nally slated to premiere in Malaysia on Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to an email from its dis­trib­u­tor The Walt Dis­ney Co (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, it stated that the film had been post­poned due to “an in­ter­nal re­view of re­lease date”.

How­ever, the email nei­ther clar­i­fied the rea­son be­hind the post­pone­ment, nor in­di­cated a new re­lease date.

When con­tacted, a Dis­ney spokesman said the com­pany was un­able to com­ment fur­ther on the issue.

The much-an­tic­i­pated film, which opened world­wide last Fri­day, courted con­tro­versy for in­clud­ing a gay char­ac­ter, al­though there were only two rather ir­rel­e­vant scenes which might have sug­gested an LGBT life­style.

Lo­cal ma­jor cin­ema chains such as Golden Screen Cin­e­mas and TGV Cin­e­mas have also taken down the film from their re­spec­tive show­time list­ings.

In the film, Emma Wat­son stars as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast and Luke Evans as Gas­ton.

The film gar­nered con­tro­versy when its di­rec­tor Bill Con­don said in the United King­dom mag­a­zine

At­ti­tude that the char­ac­ter of Le Fou, played by Josh Gad, would have a “nice ex­clu­sively gay mo­ment” in the movie.

Fol­low­ing that, Rus­sia be­came the first coun­try to re­act by im­pos­ing re­stric­tions on the film, with chil­dren un­der the age of 16 banned from watch­ing it.

A drive-through cin­ema in Alabama, in the US, also banned the film from its screens be­cause of the gay char­ac­ter.

The film is a re­make of Dis­ney’s clas­sic an­i­mated fea­ture which be­came the first an­i­mated film to be nom­i­nated for Best Pic­ture at the Os­cars in 1991.

Ma­jor cin­ema chains such as Golden

Screen Cin­e­mas and TGV Cin­e­mas have taken

down ‘Beauty and the Beast’ from their show­time


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