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Controversial Gang Saga ‘Blue Story’ Release Date Moved By Paramount

Deadline — Bruce Haring

Paramount Pictures has moved the controversial gang film Blue Story to a March 20 exclusive opening.

Blue Story is directed by Onwubolu, who is known as Rapman on his successful YouTube videos. His film tells of two London youths whose lives are scarred by gang warfare. Its showing in the UK, where it’s made close to $6M, sparked a mass brawl at a weekend screening, causing at least two cinema chains to pull it from theaters.

The fight, which occurred in Birmingham in central England, involved around 100 people, including someone wielding a machete. Seven police officers were injured trying to quell the brawl.

On March 20, Paramount also has their horror sequel wide entry A Quiet Place Part II. Of those pics in limited release are Greenwich Entertainment’s comedy/horror film Deerskin in limited release, the animated Children of the Sea from Fathom Events, the comedy Phoenix, Oregon from Aspiration Entertainment, and the Sony Pictures Classics dramedy The Climb.

Paramount also said its Monster Problems is again on the move. Originally set for March 6 of this year, it was bumped to April 17, and now will go wide on Feb. 12, 2021, which is Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day weekend. The film, starring Dylan O’Brien, is a coming-of-age story about a young man living in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by monsters.

Monster Problems puts itself in competition on its new date with Marvel/Disney’s Shang-chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, starring Awkwafina, and an untitled Universal romantic comedy.

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