By MOHAMED MOHATZABD/The Washington PostA new show by British comedy show producer and director Simon Cowell has been delayed until next year.
Cowell, who has been on a tour promoting his new film “Myanmar Natural Scenes” at theatres in the United States and the U.K., announced on Twitter Tuesday that he had been advised that he will not be able to show the film until “spring 2018.”
The cancellation comes as the U, U.S. and other countries grapple with the fallout from a deadly, months-long uprising that has killed thousands and displaced millions.
Coward’s production company, which has been producing “My Myanmar Natural Scenes,” had said it would start filming early next year, but the company later told The Associated Press that it was postponing the premiere until April 2018, citing a “continuing” shortage of material.
The show, which Cowell is producing with his wife, Jessica Buechner, is the first of several projects that Cowell and his wife have been working on together since they started dating in 2016.
They are also producing “I Am Not Here,” an animated comedy about a man who finds himself stranded in a remote town.
The “My Burma Natural Scenes”‘ production company has not responded to requests for comment.
The show, set in the fictional town of Myat Lhamo, has drawn praise from the British press and many international critics, but its star has struggled to find mainstream audiences.
Cowan has said he is worried about making the film available online and is working with a “few major distributors” to ensure that it is available in other countries.
He has also been accused of not being fully truthful about the show, with critics saying he has exaggerated its story, which they say is too vague to accurately describe what the show is.
“It’s the first time that we’ve had a major production company come forward and say they’re canceling the film because it’s not going to be a good fit for the marketplace,” said Daniel Beaulieu, an associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Cinematic Arts.
“People are expecting more of what they want, and we don’t have a lot of those in the U (U.K.), where people are really invested in what the film is about.
This is the beginning of a trend, but it’s a different kind of demand.”
The show was originally set to premiere this summer in the UK, but Cowell said in a statement that the timing is not optimal, given the protests in Myanmar.
It also announced that the production team is working to prepare for the release of the film, with the intention of showing it at a screening at the London Film Festival later this month.
It is unclear whether the cancellation will affect other productions from Cowell’s company, or whether the film will still be able, in some form, to air in the country.
The BBC has reported that a “significant number” of British-made films are being screened at cinemas, but many are still unavailable in the market.
The U.N. and the European Union are seeking to end Myanmar’s three-decade military rule, which began after the military overthrew a democratically elected civilian government in 2015, and have imposed harsh sanctions on the country’s economy.