We doubt this will be a enough to subdue the wrath of PETA!
The production company for A Dog’s Purpose, Amblin Entertainment, revealed on Thursday that they were canceling the flick’s premiere and press junket amid those dog abuse accusations. We can’t say we’re surprised!
As you may recall, earlier this week, shocking footage leaked of a frightened German Shepherd being forced into a pool of water on the film’s set. This upsetting incident obviously resulted in the famed animal rights organization to call for a boycott of the Dennis Quaid-starring family movie!
Since the company and distributor, Universal Pictures, are looking into the matter, it only seems right that they are hitting a pause button on the celebration and press junket for the film. In a recent statement, Amblin Entertainment explained:
“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.”
It probably doesn’t help that the film’s star Josh Gad and director director Lasse Hallstr├â┬╢m both voice their concerns about the leaked footage. The company continued:
“Since the emergence of the footage, Amblin has engaged with many associated with the production of the film, including safety personnel, trainers, and stunt coordinators as part of their in-depth review. While we are all disheartened by the appearance of an animal in distress, everyone has assured us that Hercules the German Shepherd was not harmed throughout the filmmaking.”
Still, the producers haven’t completely abandoned this project as the concluded:
“We continue to support this film, are incredibly proud of it and will release it for audiences nationwide next Friday.”
Huh. Thankfully, the canceled events aren’t the only repercussions being doled out as the American Humane Association representative responsible for ensuring the dog (named Hercules)’s safety has been suspended. In fact, the AHA are bringing in “an independent third party” to investigate further into what exactly went down on the set!
Here’s hoping Hercules gets some justice!