Despite the unfortunate timing, the Weinsteins are obliged to release Venom before their split from production company Disney on Sept. 30.
But the movie, which features killings and chaos in the state, is only to be released in 800 cinemas, a relatively low-key number, and the producers argue that the plot has nothing to do with the recent tragic events.
A spokeswoman for Dimension Films, a division of Miramax, says, "Venom is a fictional horror film. The film's plot is completely unrelated to the disaster in New Orleans."
Paul Dergarabedian of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations says, "It's sort of in the eye of the beholder in terms of how closely someone might associate this movie with the real-life events in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
"They'll put it out there, people will be able to decide whether it's something they want to see, it'll have its run and that'll be that."
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