While directors, producers and even actors occasionally ask that their names be removed from films they’ve worked on, it’s virtually unheard of for a distributor to do so.

But that’s what Savoy Pictures reportedly has done in the case of “White Man’s Burden, ” which the beleaguered mini-major will release on Dec. 1. The company’s logo will not appear on the screen or in future promotional materials for “Burden, ” according to sources. The logo of U.S. rights-holder Rysher will appear, however.

Rysher acquired domestic rights to the film in February and is releasing it through its output arrangement with Savoy.

The reason for Savoy’s move is not clear, particularly as the red-hot John Travolta headlines the picture. Savoy toppers could not be reached for comment. Rysher execs said they were mystified by the decision.

“Burden, ” which co-stars Harry Belafonte and Kelly Lynch, is set in an allegorical world where the balance of power between whites and blacks is reversed. It was financed by French studio UGC.

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