Editor's note: This story has been updated with a statement from Universal Studios.
WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — Universal Studios has reportedly agreed to push the release date of its horror sequel, "Happy Death Day 2U" in response to a request from Fred Guttenberg, a father of one of the Parkland school shooting victims.
Guttenberg tweeted Wednesday afternoon that the executives will be "moving the release date of the movie off of February 14th" and "taking steps to address the local needs of the Parkland community."
Very happy to announce that I just got off the phone with executives at Universal Studios. They will be moving the release date of the movie off of February 14th and they will also be taking steps to address the local needs of the Parkland community. This was a great outcome.— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) January 16, 2019
Feb. 14, the original release date, is also the anniversary of the Parkland shooting that left Guttenberg's daughter, Jaime, and 16 others dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Guttenberg tweeted Tuesday expressing his distaste for the horror film's timing.
My daughter and 16 others were killed on February 14th. Universal Studios is releasing a move a movie called Happy Death Day 2 U? I get the pun on Valentines Day, for me it will always be the day my daughter was murdered. Please reconsider this!!!!https://t.co/mcx72VKE7A— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) January 16, 2019
"I get the pun on Valentines Day," Guttenberg tweeted. "For me it will always be the day my daughter was murdered."
"Happy Death Day 2U" is a sequel to the 2017 slasher film "Happy Death Day." Both are produced by Jason Blum through Blumhouse Productions, who Guttenberg also contacted to help with his request.
@jason_blum, @blumhouse I sent you an email about this earlier. Please, take a look at my email. I am pleading with you to move this date. I will work with you in any way to help make your movie successful, just please move the release date. Thank you. https://t.co/H1Buk0gG3x— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) January 16, 2019
In a statement, a spokesperson for Universal said the movie's North American release date was being moved up a day, to Feb. 13.
"Additionally, the studio has decided not to show the film in Parkland and the surrounding areas. Outdoor, digital and in-theatre marketing for the film will be suspended in that market. The studio understands the importance of memorializing the February 14 date as an opportunity to continue to allow the Parkland community to heal,” the statement read.