Universal Studios has announced that the horror sequel “Happy Death Day 2U” has been moved up a day and will now open Thursday February 13th rather than the originally set Valentine’s Day release.
The move comes after Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was one of the victims of last year’s shooting tragedy at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, took to social media to voice his concerns over the planned release date of February 14th which will be the one year anniversary of the terrible incident in Florida.
Guttenberg said the movie’s title is insensitive to those still grieving the lives lost on that day and, having been made aware of the issue and speaking with victim advocates, Universal has issued a statement confirming they changed the date.
Additionally, the studio has decided not to show the film in Parkland and the surrounding areas with outdoor, digital and in-theatre marketing for the film to be suspended in that market. Guttenberg responded to this, calling it a “great outcome”.
The film picks up two years after the events of the original in which Tree (Jessica Rothe) winds up stuck in another time loop that kills her over and over again. This time, a new killer must be unmasked as Tree tries to get to the bottom of the mysterious time loop, putting an end to the repeated deaths once and for all.