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Fred Guttenberg, father of 14-year-old student Jaime who was killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Fla., speaks to the media at a Hamilton County Young Democrats event to advocate for stronger gun legislation, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Universal tells Parkland dad they'll move release date of "Happy Death Day 2U"


Updated January 16, 2019 07:08 PM EST

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."

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.

"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.

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.

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