By Neil Smith
Entertainment reporter, BBC News
A US film about a four-year-old girl's disappearance has had its UK release shelved because of similarities to the Madeleine McCann case.
The film charts the investigation into a missing four-year-old girl
Gone Baby Gone, the directorial debut of actor Ben Affleck, had been due to be released on 28 December.
Distributor Buena Vista International, however, has postponed it indefinitely.
Madeline O'Brien, who plays the missing girl in Gone Baby Gone, bears a close resemblance to Madeleine McCann, who disappeared in Portugal on 3 May.
Buena Vista and its subsidiary Miramax said they were "sensitive to the depth of feeling surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann".
"We have been closely following the case and have decided to delay the release of the film in the UK," a statement said.
The organisers of next month's London Film Festival have cancelled a gala screening of Gone Baby Gone on 26 October, which was to have been attended by Ben Affleck.
Sandra Hebron, the festival's artistic director, said she supported the distributor's decision to withdraw the film.
Gone Baby Gone was based on a 1998 novel by Dennis Lehane and was filmed last year, before Madeleine's disappearance, the film companies said.
Speaking at the recent Deauville Film Festival in France, Affleck said he had been made "acutely aware of the situation" regarding Madeleine McCann.
Ben Affleck (left) directed the film, which stars his brother Casey
"We have a greater concern for that than the release of our film, which is just a commercial matter, whereas this is a matter of life and death," he said.
"We don't want to release the movie if it is going to touch a nerve or inflame anybody's sensitivities."
The film follows two Boston private detectives who are called in to assist a police investigation into a missing child.
It stars Affleck's brother Casey and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman.