By Fred Topel | Image property of Paramount, Variety
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Star Trek is the latest victim to the Swine Flu. No, none of the cast or grew has been hit with the disease (as far as we know), but the film's theatrical release in Mexico has been delayed indefinitely.
Star Trek Delayed in Mexico
Are we really that surprised? No major tentpoles should be released in Mexico at the moment. Hell, cancel the release of the film in border towns as well. All we need is one infected dude to enter the theater, sneeze, and create what I've already called an early '80s bathhouse for the virus. Let's try to not make it so easy. Unless everybody comes packing with Tamiflu, it just ain't worth it.
Following the trend, Sony Pictures is considering not releasing Angels & Demons in Mexico on the planned date of May 15th. Fortunately for the studio, they've been granted about another week to see how sh*t plays out with the virus. Odds are that they will be pushing their release also, however.
Well, one, when a pig sneezes you get the hell out of dodge. Two, stop kissing pigs. And, most importantly, three, we're about to see a bit of a scheduling war come down between each of the three studios mentioned above. The trick will be getting their films across the border later on without inviting too much competition.
While some would assume that losing Mexico can't be that big of deal -- racists -- the country is consistently one of the top five territories in terms of box office grosses. So put that in your pipe and smoke it.