Dallas Drafthouse Showing 'Team America' in Place of 'The Interview'
Putting The "F" Back In Freedom. It is a sad day for movie fans in the United States, as Sony has officially cancelled the release of Seth Rogen & James Franco's new comedy The Interview thanks to hacker terrorist threats. Everyone has been following the Sony Pictures Hack story for weeks, as the studio was hacked and files have been leaking non-stop. Today, after movie theaters backed out due to an actual threat of harm to anyone attending screenings of the movie, the studio has decided to pull the release entirely. In response, James Wallace of the Alamo Drafthouse theater in Dallas / Fort Worth will be showing Matt Stone and Trey Parker's 2004 puppet comedy, Team America: World Police, instead. Take that, North Korea!
Many cinephiles are bringing up Team America: World Police in response to this situation because it makes fun of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, and yet it wasn't attacked or pulled. It's also a cult comedy that makes fun of many people, and is being used to epitomize the expression of artistic freedom that filmmakers do have. Except for The Interview being pulled. So why not show the next best thing - Team America. Hell yes. Click the image for more info on the actual Dallas/FW event coming up December 27th (via SlashFilm):
The post explains the basics: "For the record, our plan was to still show The Interview…unfortunately these decisions aren't always ours to make. But in light of these recent events, we only have one thing to say: 'AMERICA F*** YEAH!'" They add that the "show is FREE, because you can't spell 'FREEDOM' without 'FREE.'" Indeed. To get tickets before they run out, click here. If only Drafthouse could all of a sudden offer Team America at all of their theaters nationwide in place of The Interview, that would be perfect. That kind of request may not be financially viable, but it would be a great response to the fact that The Interview had to be pulled from theaters because North Korean hackers were upset. Read more on the release cancellation.
We just want to point out how awesome it is that Drafthouse is showing Team America instead. Good move.