Members of the media watched the first nine minutes of the film, which was not playing in 3-D, with a Windows icon visible at the bottom of the screen. Then the movie stopped completely.
Roughly 10 minutes later, the film started over, this time in 3-D. The showing was the first of two Thursday night, but the only one that was scheduled to be shown in 3-D. The press screening was held at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on Broadway between 67th and 68th streets.
This technical hiccup was particularly unfortunate for Columbia Pictures. The studio has been performing damage control for months following a backlash that began after the release of the film’s first trailer. Many fans of the franchise were incensed by what they perceived as an underwhelming reboot. Thursday’s screening was the first for press in New York.
A spokesperson for Columbia was not immediately available for comment.
Directed by Paul Feig, the remake of the 1984 comedy classic stars “Saturday Night Live” alum and “Bridesmaids” writer-actress Kristen Wiig, “The Boss” star Melissa McCarthy, and current SNL cast members Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.