Ever since movie theater shootings like the one in Louisiana back in July (two women were killed during a screening of Trainwreck), movie studios and theater owners have been on high alert; and Universal and movie theater owners are taking extra precautions.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal “supports” extra security for screenings of the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, which begins its rollout tonight (August 13). Why this movie in particular and not, say, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.? We all know why; “The studio has not solicited enhanced security for theaters who will begin showing it this weekend, but has partnered with those exhibitors who have requested support for their locations,”a spokesman for Universal said, but you can rest assured that the ball’s already rolling because Hollywood’s afraid that all the hippity-hoppers coming to see the movie just won’t be able to contain themselves. They said the same thing when Spike Lee released Do The Right Thing back in ’89.
Similar precautions were taken during screenings of Boyz n The Hood (which starred N.W.A. member Ice Cube) in 1991 and the Biggie Smalls biopic Notorious back in 2009. Even considering the safety of moviegoers, it’s extremely sobering to see exactly when theater owners start taking precautions. N.W.A.: still scaring people and exposing racism 27 years later.