Universal Joins Hollywood Russian Movie Theater Boycott

Universal Pictures March 1 joined four other studios in halting the release of its theatrical movies in Russia following President Vladimir Putin’s ordered invasion of neighboring Ukraine and its capitol in Kyiv by military forces.

Universal said it would halt the Russian theatrical release of Michael Bay’s action thriller Ambulance on April 7. The movie is slated to bow in North America on April 8. The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as bank robbers who hijack an ambulance.

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“In response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, Universal Pictures has paused planned theatrical releases in Russia,” the studio said in a statement.

With the siege violence and casualties rising, Western countries, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, organizations and other companies have imposed sanctions against Russian financial, commercial and sporting interests throughout the world.