AceShowbiz - New thriller "Hotel Mumbai" has been pulled from cinemas in New Zealand and Australia following the mosque attacks in Christchurch last week (March 15).
Distributors at Icon Films have suspended the release of Dev Patel's film about the 2008 Mumbai terrorism massacre following the mass shootings.
The film, which was released Down Under on Thursday, March 14, details the events of the raid on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in 2008, when members of an Islamic terrorist organisation based in Pakistan shot up the place during a killing spree that cost over 170 people their lives.
Last Friday, an armed gunman killed 50 people and injured many more after opening fire at two Christchurch mosques.
Icon bosses made the decision to suspend the release of "Hotel Mumbai" until March 28 in New Zealand after several cinema bosses cancelled screenings over the weekend.
"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," the company said in a statement.
"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."
The film, directed by Anthony Maras, is released in the U.S. on Friday, March 22.