Universal Pictures has decided to cancel the premiere of their new movie “A Dog’s Purpose,” following the emergence of a video that shows a German shepherd in distress being forced to perform a stunt during filming. TMZ leaked this footage on Wednesday. The video quickly circulated around the Internet, and many called for a boycott of the film, including the animal rights organization PETA.
Although the movie will still be shown in theaters around the world, Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, which is the production company behind the film, did decide to cancel the premiere and press junket.
“Because Amblin’s review into the edited video released yesterday is still ongoing, distributor Universal Pictures has decided it is in the best interest of A Dog’s Purpose to cancel this weekend’s premiere and press junket. Amblin and Universal do not want anything to overshadow this film that celebrates the relationship between animals and humans,” said Universal in a statement that confirmed the cancellation of the premiere.
Amblin and Universal also decided to cancel further promotion of the movie. The film is currently set for release in the United State on January 27.