15 Mar – The fate of "Beauty and the Beast" in local cinemas is very much undetermined at this point but if latest word is to be believed, the movie may never make it to the big screens in Malaysia.
While yesterday it was cleared by the Malaysian Censorship Board (LPF) that the movie is good to go and can be screened in cinemas nationwide as long as the "gay moments" were cut from the movie, Bloomberg recently updated that in an email statement, Walt Disney Co. revealed the following:
"The film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia."
Rather than allow the movie to suffer an approximately 4 minutes and 30 seconds of cuts, the company has decided to just pull the movie from the Malaysian market.
The Motion Picture Association of America stated that Malaysia is not one of the biggest film markets in the world, hence Disney's lack of apprehension in dropping the movie from the country's listings.
However, when contacted by Cinema Online regarding the supposed "no show", Walt Disney Malaysia stated that there is currently "no confirmation on anything as of yet".
It can be assumed that the movie is still undergoing internal review, as what was announced by the Walt Disney Malaysia two days ago, and its true fate at the local market has yet to be determined.