Court delays 'Noah,' 'Transformers 4,' other UIP films' release in the Philippines


While Islamic nations such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates banned the Russell Crowe-starrer biblical epic 'Noah' due to its contradiction with their religious values, in the Philippines, the movie along with other potential blockbuster films such as 'Transformers: Age of Extinction,' 'Hercules,' and 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' will be delayed on its release in the Philippines due to legal issues on distribution.

United International Pictures (UIP) allegedly violated its 2012 agreement with Solar Entertainment Corporation when it partnered with Columbia Pictures as its new film distributor in the country. The Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) last March 7 preventing UIP from 'distributing, marketing, promoting and showing of UIP films within the Philippines'. This also keeps the status of Solar Entertainment 'as the exclusive local distributor of UIP films.'

Also affected by the TRO are those movies produced by Paramount and Universal Pictures. Other movies cited on the reports include 'Neighbors,' 'Lucy,' and 'A Million Ways to Die in the West.'

The release of all the movies under these production companies has been put on hold until the TRO has been lifted or the case has been resolved.

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