After resounding North American success, producers of the pro-life film “Unplanned” have announced that it will soon be showing across the globe.
An August 1 tweet broke the news that the movie – about the pro-life conversion of former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson – will next debut to an Australian audience. That announcement was followed several days later with several other tweets stating that the film will also be available to an even wider international audience. Showings are currently slated for 10 countries, including Ireland, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and New Zealand.
Despite the film’s success, several major theater chains in Canada have decided they will no longer show the film. While the movie was playing to sold-out crowds as recently as July 22, both Landmark and Cineplex have decided not to extend the film’s run. The move comes after some theaters canceled showings because of threats made against theater employees and their families.
Australia gets #UnPlanned next.
Prepare to discover the startling message of hope & healing that judges no one and touches hearts at every intersection in the #abortion debate. #attwn #hope #ThursdayThoughts #Australia pic.twitter.com/xqgagibnMj
— UnplannedMovie (@UnplannedMovie) August 1, 2019
“Cineplex and Landmark have decided that they are not going to keep showing the movie. Now I would ask you, what business that has a full house suddenly decides that they’re going to stop business?” the movie’s co-director, writer, and producer Cary Soloman told LifeSiteNews. “So if this isn’t political, if this isn’t agenda motivated — I mean it’s absurd. You’re in the movie business to sell tickets.”
But the producers aren’t letting the Canadian theaters slow down the movie’s momentum. LifeSiteNews reports that in an effort to get the movie in front of as many audiences as possible, producers are taking an unprecedented step in allowing individuals, groups, and churches to license the film and then sell tickets so others can see it.
“This is exciting,” said BJ McKelvie, president of Cinedicom, Unplanned’s Canadian distributor. “It’s almost unheard of doing it this way. I don’t think we’ve ever done it this way.”
These cinemas can’t fit the number of viewers in who want to see #UnPlanned. Despite sold out showings, they’re refusing to extend the film’s schedule in Canada. https://t.co/CZ5mJK4uhH#WednesdayThoughts #prolife #CanadaUnplanned
— UnplannedMovie (@UnplannedMovie) July 31, 2019
“We gave the movie theatres the opportunity,” he added. “We have more screens with the churches and the groups, so we figured why not allow them to license the movie and do it exactly the same way we do it with the theatres and have the ability to make money on it, raise funds for their organizations and churches.”
“Unplanned” has grossed nearly $19 million since its release in March according to Box Office Mojo.
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