Happy Death Day 2U release date changed to avoid Parkland shooting anniversary
Universal Pictures has changed the release of its horror sequel Happy Death Day 2U to Feb. 13, so that it does not coincide with the first anniversary of the Parkland school shooting. On Feb. 14, 2018, a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL., killing 17 people.
The change of date follows an appeal on Twitter by Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed in the massacre.
“My daughter and 16 others were killed on February 14th,” wrote Guttenberg on Tuesday. “Universal Studios is releasing a movie called Happy Death Day 2 U? I get the pun on Valentines Day, for me it will always be the day my daughter was murdered. Please reconsider this!!!!”
In addition to changing the date, Universal has also decided not to screen the film in Parkland and the surrounding areas.
“When Universal Pictures became aware last week that the one-year anniversary of the tragic events in Parkland, Florida fell on the Happy Death Day 2U release date, the studio spoke with victim advocates and immediately began the process of changing the release date of the film,” Universal announced in a statement. “Following discussions with its partners in exhibition, Universal will move the North American release date to February 13. Additionally, the studio has decided not to show the film in Parkland and the surrounding areas. Outdoor, digital and in-theatre marketing for the film will be suspended in that market. The studio understands the importance of memorializing the February 14 date as an opportunity to continue to allow the Parkland community to heal.”