The New York premiere of Kingsman: The Golden Circle has been cancelled, with the studio instead donating the funds budgeted for the event to recovery in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which has devastated Texas and neighboring areas.
Variety reports the premiere event had been scheduled for September 12, the same day as a major benefit telethon that will be televised across several TV networks, so the studio decided to cancel the premiere as to not distract from the recovery efforts. Here’s an excerpt from what the studio had to say about the decision:
“Given the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and the important fundraising efforts happening on September 12, we have canceled that evening’s planned New York film premiere event for Kingsman: The Golden Circle. To that end, Twentieth Century Fox Film will be donating the money budgeted for the premiere to several of the non-profit groups associated with the telethon.”
Though the New York premiere has been axed, don’t worry, the Kingsman sequel still has plenty of premieres and screenings on the books. The London premiere is set for September 18, and the studio has lined up events at Alamo Drafthouse and other sites to promote the premiere. Kingsman: The Golden Circle opens Sept. 22.
The telethon, Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief, airs September 12 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, ABC, Fox and CBS. It will be hosted by county artist George Strait and feature celebrity guests including Beyonce, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Barbra Streisand, Reese Witherspoon, and Oprah Winfrey.
Do you think Fox made a classy move cancelling the premiere?