The movie Plane has been voluntarily withdrawn by its distributor, said the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) on February 23, 2022.
The controversial movie became a hot topic of conversation after Filipino Senators raised their concerns that the movie portrays the country in a bad light. The plot centers around plane passengers who found themselves on a “war-torn” island after an emergency landing. The island in question turned out to be Jolo in the Philippines.
“While the Board was in the process of re-evaluating the film “Plane” in response to the objections raised by concerned groups, we confirm that on 21 February 2023, the Board received a letter from the film distributor, Screen Media Films Co., informing the MTRCB that it had voluntarily pulled-out the film from public exhibition due to the controversy surrounding the objected scenes,” said MTRCB Chairperson and CEO Diorella Maria “Lala” Sotto-Antonio in a statement.
“The distributor manifested that it intends to provide the MTRCB with a new version of the film for appropriate review and classification,” Sotto-Antonio adds.
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Plane stars Gerard Butler (300), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Yoson An, and Tony Goldwyn (Scandal). The movie was released in January 2023.